After several revisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) driver medical exam forms, final versions of the MCSA-5875 report form and the MCSA-5876 Examiner’s Certificate are required for all driver exams as of April 20, 2016.
The new Medical Examiner’s Certificate now includes more questions about a driver’s medical history and the examiners are required to electronically submit the results of all conducted exams on the National Registry once per month. Until June 22, 2018, drivers will have to carry their completed exam certificates for 15 days after the physical for proof of medical certification.
After the 15-day period, law enforcement will have the records stored in a database that can be accessed at roadside. After the June 22, 2018 time frame, the medical examiners will be required to submit exam results directly to law enforcement by midnight of the day the exam is conducted, and the results will be available immediately.
Drivers will no longer have to carry the medical certificate at all. A thorough explanation of the examination process, including exemptions and specific conditions can be accessed on the FMCSA website.