Effective in May 2014, additional requirements become effective regarding
the Commercial Drivers' License medical exam.
In 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed
new regulations regarding the
standardization of physicians who administer the medical test. Doctors are now required
to register with the National Registry database, to ensure that they are
qualified to perform the requested exam. The restriction applies only
to interstate truckers.
A CDL-holder in California must take and pass a medical exam at least once
every two years.
As a rule of thumb, anyone who drives anything larger than a passenger
car must have a CDL in California. It's best to keep a copy of your
medical exam results with you at all times. Not everyone is required to present the
certificate on demand, but some drivers must do so.
Before you can receive a CDL, a doctor must declare you physically fit
to operate a commercial vehicle.
It's incumbent on you to file the form with the DMV in Sacramento.