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.
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. Do not count on your medical provider or employer to submit your MEC. Please mail or fax a legible copy of your MEC to the Montana Motor Vehicle Division.
For more information, call the CDL Help Desk at 406-444-3244.
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.