Medical Certification Requirements for Montana Commercial Driver License Holders
Important Requirement Update
As of May 21, 2014, all physical examinations to obtain a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (formally known as a DOT card) must be performed by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
- All valid Medical Examiner’s Certificates issued before May 21, 2014, will be accepted.
- A Medical Examiner’s Certificate issued on or after May 21, 2014, is only valid and acceptable if completed by a medical professional listed on the national registry.
Keep Your MEC Current
Commercial drivers must maintain a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) on their Montana driving record. If you don’t maintain a current MEC with the Motor Vehicle Division, your commercial driver license will be downgraded to a noncommercial license.
You must provide a copy of your new MEC to the Montana Motor Vehicle Division prior to the expiration of your current certificate. You may do this by mailing or faxing a legible copy of your MEC to the Montana Motor Vehicle Division.
Motor Vehicle Division
Attn: CDL Help Desk
P.O. Box 201430
Helena MT 59620-1430
For more information, call the CDL Help Desk at 406-444-3244.
Background on Medical Certification Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) adopted regulations requiring state driver licensing agencies to add medical certification status and information on your Medical Examiner’s Certificate (previously known as a DOT card) to your Montana driving record and the Commercial Drivers’ License Information System (CDLIS).
In May 2012, the Montana Motor Vehicle Division began collecting Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MECs) from commercial drivers in Montana and recording their medical status and information on their CDL record.
All commercial drivers in Montana must have self-certified to the type of commercial business they operate in (see the 3 options below). Self-certification was completed either during a CDL application transaction or by completing the CDL Self-Certification Classification and Medical Documentation Form 21-1201.
Some drivers may qualify to be excepted from the medical qualification requirements. Drivers who qualify and claim Interstate Excepted status are not required to submit a MEC and their license will not be downgraded.
- Interstate Non-Excepted: You are interstate non-excepted driver and must meet the federal MEC requirements (i.e., you are not excepted from the medical requirements).
- Interstate Excepted: You are an interstate-excepted driver and do not have to meet the federal MEC requirements (i.e., you are excepted from the medical requirements).
- Intrastate Non-Excepted: All Montana-Only (intrastate) commercial drivers are required to meet the medical requirements.
All commercial drivers in Montana had to comply with this requirement by January 30, 2014. Commercial drivers who did not submit a valid MEC to comply with this requirement had their Montana commercial license downgraded to a noncommercial license.
Determining Your Type of Self-Certification
Do you have a Montana Interstate commercial driver license or an Intrastate (Montana-Only) commercial driver license?
If you have a Montana Intrastate commercial driver license, under Montana state law your only option is to self-certify as Intrastate Non-Excepted.
If you have a Montana Interstate commercial driver license you have two options:
Option 1: You may self-certify as Interstate Non-Excepted (90% of Montana commercial drivers are non-excepted).
Option 2: You may self-certify as Interstate Excepted IF you drive a CMV exclusively in one of the following activities:
- As federal, state, or local government employees;
- To transport human corpses or sick or injured persons;
- Fire truck or rescue vehicle drivers during emergencies and other related activities;
- Primarily in the transportation of propane winter heating fuel when responding to an emergency condition requiring immediate response, such as damage to a propane gas system after a storm or flooding;
- In response to a pipeline emergency condition requiring immediate response, such as a pipeline leak or rupture;
- In custom harvesting on a farm or to transport farm machinery and supplies used in the custom harvesting operation to and from a farm, or to transport custom-harvested crops to storage or market;
- Beekeeper in the seasonal transportation of bees;
- Controlled and operated by a farmer, but is not a combination vehicle (power unit and towed unit), and is used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery or farm supplies (no placarded hazardous materials) to and from a farm and within 150 air-miles of the farm;
- As a private motor carrier of passengers for nonbusiness purposes; or
- To transport migrant workers.
If you believe you qualify for excepted status, check with your employer before self-certifying as excepted. Some employers still require their drivers to be medically qualified and self-certify as non-excepted.