May 28, 2021

DOT Medical Card Requirements for Non-CDL Drivers

When it comes to the files that each type of truck driver must keep on hand, the difference between CDL (commercial driver’s license) and non-CDL drivers can be a bit confusing. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has a clear set of rules for CDL drivers, but determining which rules also apply to non-CDL drivers can be difficult. For example, what are the DOT medical card requirements for non-CDL drivers? 

That's why most trucking companies find it more convenient and practical to be part of a Consortium/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs) like Labworks USA to manage all, or part, of an employer's DOT drug and alcohol testing program. We perform tasks as agreed to by the employer to assist in implementing the drug and alcohol testing program and to help keep the employer compliant with the DOT/FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing rules and regulations. We as a DOT Consortium can help you.

Read on to learn what is and is not required for non-CDL drivers.

What Is a DOT Medical Card?

A DOT medical card is a medical certificate that shows that a driver has passed a DOT medical exam and that they’re qualified to drive. To become qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), all CDL drivers must pass a DOT medical exam. In certain situations, non-DOT drivers must also pass this exam—this applies if the vehicle they will be driving is between 10,001 and 26,001 lb.

Do Non-CDL Drivers Need a Medical Card?

We’ve already established that both CDL drivers and non-CDL drivers who fall into a certain category must undergo a DOT medical examination. But what are the DOT medical card requirements for non-CDL drivers? Do non-CDL drivers need a medical card at all, and if so, must they always carry them? The answer, according to the DOT: is yes, non-CDL drivers who fall into the category of needing a DOT medical exam are required to have a DOT medical card. Though it’s not explicitly stated, non-CDL drivers should also carry this card with them whenever they drive commercial vehicles. Unlike CDL drivers, non-CDL drivers are not required to self-certify their Medical Examiner’s Certificate to the State Driver Licensing Agency.

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Truck drivers need to have medical cards, as they’re proof that a medical examiner has deemed a driver healthy enough to operate a CMV. CDL drivers, too, should understand what is required of them in terms of their medical records; failing to adhere to the DOT’s guidelines may lead to the loss of certain driving privileges for such drivers. CDL drivers, non-CDL drivers, and their employers should also strive to remain DOT-compliant in all other ways, including post-accident drug and alcohol testing procedures. Register with Labworks USA today, and we’ll take the burden of DOT drug and alcohol testing compliance from your shoulders.

Our DOT Consortium's friendly team will be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have and work with you to ensure you are always fully compliant, especially with random DOT drug and alcohol testing and pre-employment testing. Moreover, if you need help with FMCSA Clearinghouse registration, we can further support you.