North Carolina’s commercial motor vehicle drivers are reminded that they must meet the federal requirement to certify whether they drive interstate or intrastate and for what purpose no later than Jan. 30, 2014. If required, they must provide their current DOT medical card to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. Additionally, drivers are required to continue to carry paper copies of their medical cards through January 2015 to protect against being cited for violations.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that medical cards must be carried for an additional year because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new system that will automate interstate commercial driver license records. Once the online database – the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) – carries information from all states, commercial drivers will no longer have to provide their medical cards to federal or state inspectors for review at the roadside.