GA Commercial Driver Certification Continues at Department of Driver Services (DDS)

2/6/2014

Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell reminds commercial drivers to stay compliant with new Federal Medical Certification Requirements ((§ 383.71(b)(1) Code of Federal Regulations 205).  The safety initiative requires all Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders to provide information to DDS requiring the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive or expect to drive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on January 8th that they are extending the date to January 30, 2015 for requiring CDL holders to maintain a paper version of their Medical Qualification Card with them while operating a commercial vehicle.

"Approximately 90% of CDL drivers licensed in Georgia have already complied with the Federal Requirements. A convenient way for CDL holders to submit their required information to DDS is by using DDS Online Services whether traveling or from your office," said Commissioner Mikell.

Drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current DOT medical examiner’s certificate/card to DDS to obtain a “certified” medical status as part of their driving record. CDL holders required to have a “certified” medical status who fail to provide and keep up-to-date their DOT medical information with DDS will become “not-certified” and may lose their commercial driving privileges.

The goal is to link each CDL with the driver’s medical certification information in the Commercial Driver’s License Information System, the federal electronic database, so that law enforcement and licensing agencies in any state can have electronic access to a driver’s CDL medical status. That status will also then be available on driver records requested by employers or law enforcement.

It is also a requirement for interstate CDL holders to keep paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate with them as protection from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new electronic reporting system.  

Georgia drivers can visit www.dds.ga.gov to create an account to have 24/7 access to update and/or transmit documentation whether at home or out on the road.  CDL customers may visit the DDS website at https://online.dds.ga.gov/OnlineServices/Account/Login.aspx  to create or logon to their existing online account.

Individual customers may also fax a copy of the self-certification form and medical certificate/medical waiver (if required) and notice received from DDS (if applicable) to (770) 918-6251. Submission of documentation for multiple customers may be sent by mail. Please include copies of each medical certificate/medical waiver (if required) and notice (if applicable) and self-certification form to:     

Department of Driver Services (DDS) 
Attention: RM-CDL 

Post Office Box 80447
Conyers, GA 30013

For more information or assistance with the process, please call (678) 413-8400 or 1-(866) 754-3687 inside Georgia but outside the metro Atlanta area.