Under Federal and State requirements implemented in 2012, drivers who currently hold or want to obtain a Commercial Drivers License must inform their state’s RMV of the type of commerce they operate within (interstate or intrastate), and whether or not they are required to hold a medical certificate. While these requirements have been in place for some time, ALL CDL holders must self-certify no later than January 30, 2014.
Drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their State Drivers Licensing Agency to obtain a “certified” medical status as part of their driving record. Failure to provided and keep the medical certificate up-to-date will become “non-certified” and may lose their CDL.
NOTE: The procedures for self certification and registration may vary from state to state, so contact the RMV of the state that has issued your CDL for specific requirements.
new MA RMV CDL Self Certification online transaction
In November 2013, the Massachusetts RMV created a new “CDL Self-Certification online transaction on the RMV website to self-certify and to upload their medical certificate (if applicable).The CDL Self Certification transaction is located on the Online Services page of www.massrmv.com. It will be in the “Other” category. Here is the direct link to the CDL Self Certification page.
When processing this online transaction, you must provide the required information and must then upload your medical certificate (if applicable). To upload the certificate, you must have it as a PDF (.pdf) or a JPEG (.jpg) file. Upon completing the upload, you will receive a message letting you know if the upload was successful or if it failed. During the online transaction, you will also be given the option of signing up for email notifications about your certification status (such as when it expires).
Once the transaction is finished, the self-certification process is complete.
If you are not familiar with these new requirements and need more information, the links below will help you educate yourself.
Massachusetts RMV Q&A on new Commercial Driver Requirement
Massachuseets RMV Online Self Certification
Massachusetts CDL Certification Form (PDF)
New Medical Certification Requirements: A Guide for CDL Holders - FAQs