Secretary of State
To comply with the new medical certification requirements, you must first determine which type of commercial driving you do. Please follow the three steps below.
Is your CDL used to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate or intrastate commerce?
Interstate commerce is when you drive:
Intrastate commerce is when you drive a commercial motor vehicle only within one state and you do not meet any of the descriptions above for interstate commerce.
NOTE: If you operate in both intrastate commerce and interstate commerce, you must choose interstate commerce.
Once you have determined whether you operate in interstate commerce or intrastate commerce, you must decide whether your status is non-excepted or excepted status.
Interstate Commerce -- Excepted or Non-excepted:
If the only type of commercial driving you do is one of the following excepted activities, then you operate in excepted interstate commerce and do not need to submit a federal medical examiner's certificate.
If your commercial driving does not include any of the activities listed above, then you operate in non-excepted interstate commerce and are required to provide a current medical examiner's certificate (49 CFR 391.45), commonly referred to as a medical certificate or DOT card.
Most commercial drivers operating in interstate commerce are non-excepted interstate commerce drivers.
If you operate in both excepted interstate commerce and non-excepted interstate commerce, you must choose non-excepted interstate commerce.
Intrastate Commerce -- Excepted or Non-excepted:
You operate in excepted intrastate commerce when you drive a commercial motor vehicle only in intrastate commerce activities that your state of licensure has determined do not require you to meet the state's medical certification requirements.
You operate in non-excepted intrastate commerce when you drive a commercial motor vehicle only in intrastate commerce and are required to meet your state of licensure's medical certification requirements.
If you operate in both excepted intrastate commerce and non-excepted intrastate commerce, you must choose non-excepted intrastate commerce.
Provide the Secretary of State's Office with your self-certification of your operating status. If you self-certify to non-excepted interstate you must provide the Secretary of State's Office with an original or a copy of your current medical examiner's certificate.
To complete the federal medical certification requirements, bring your documents to any Michigan Secretary of State, fax them to 517-636-4359 or submit them online at www.Michigan.gov/CDL.
Medical examiner's certificates that are valid only with a waiver exemption or skills performance evaluation certificates must be submitted in person at any Secretary of State office. You can find a list of Secretary of State office locations from the Branch Office Locator.
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