Oklahoma Implements Medical Certification for Commercial Truckers

The federal government is concerned about the health and safety of commercial truck drivers, and Oklahoma is the most recent state to work toward federal compliance by adding medical certification status and information to the records in the commercial driver’s license system (CDLIS).

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin implementing this change on January 30th, but is also offering assurances that the physical qualification requirements for commercial drivers are not changing.

Instead, beginning January 30th of this year, and no later than the 30th of January in 2014, all holders of Oklahoma commercial drivers licenses must supply the DPS with information about the type of vehicle they drive (or expect to drive), and those involved in some kinds of commerce will be required to provide a current medical examiner’s certificate to their SDLA in order to receive a medical status of “certified” as part of their driving record.

Once certified, drivers must maintain their medical certificates or lose their status, and possibly their commercial license.

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