FMCSA Medical Exam Form Rules MCSA-5875 Now Updated
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) officially amended its medical examination rules this week mandating that certified medical examiners that performing truck driver physicals use a newly developed medical examination report (MER) form, dubbed MCSA-5875. The new medical form will include new information to be reported.
Medical examiners are also required under this rule change to report all findings from the exam – including exams where the driver is found not to be qualified – to the agency by midnight of the following day.
FMCSA added in its final rule that the reporting of examination results includes commercial drivers who are required to be medically certified to operate in interstate commerce, not only those who hold or apply for commercial learner’s permits (CLPs) or commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs).
That reporting deadline also applies to the results of any examinations performed in accordance with state-specific rules as well, the agency added, as each state has different requirements pertaining to medical exam rules.
FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to require certified medical examiners (MEs) performing physical examinations of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to use a newly developed Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA–5875, in place of the current MER Form and to use Form MCSA–5876 for the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC); and report results of all CMV drivers’ physical examinations performed (including the results of examinations where the driver was found not to be qualified) to FMCSA by midnight (local time) of the next calendar day following the examination.
The reporting of results includes all CMV drivers who are required to be medically certified to operate in interstate commerce, not only those who hold or apply for commercial learner’s permits (CLP) or commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), and results of any examinations performed in accordance with the FMCSRs with any applicable State variances (which will be valid for intrastate operations only). For holders of CLP/CDLs (interstate and intrastate), FMCSA will electronically transmit driver identification, examination results, and restriction information from examinations performed from the National Registry to the State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs). The Agency will also transmit medical variance information for all CMV drivers electronically to the SDLAs. DATES: Effective on June 22, 2015. See the amendments to 49 CFR parts 383, 384 and 391 for compliance dates.
For complete details on FMCSA medical exam form rules update, you can read the official PDF right here.