The U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced a new rule that will go into effect in June 2014 requiring interstate truckers and bus drivers to pass a DOT certified medical examination in order to maintain their commercial driver’s license and legally drive a commercial motor vehicle, the Agricultural Retailers Association reported.  

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) rule states a driver must pass an examination every two years by an FMCSA certified health professional. To be eligible, health professionals must register with the newly formed National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners which verifies health professionals are trained and tested on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. 

Click here for a list of FAQ’s regarding the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.  Click here to view the FMCSA press release.