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New Pennsylvania Law – Truck Drivers Must Provide Medical Certificate


The next time a tractor trailer accident causes a car wreck, injuries, or possible death in Harrisburg, Central Pennsylvania and around the Commonwealth, there is a new area for you or your attorney to investigate the background of the driver. This involves compliance with a new state law and new federal regulations.

House Bill 1458 was recently signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Corbett. This new law brings Pennsylvania into compliance with new rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) concerning commercial drivers. The FMCSA amended the federal regulations and requires holders of Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) to provide a current copy of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate to their state driver licensing agency, if their type of commercial driving requires a physical exam.

The FMCSA recently amended regulations to require CDL holders or applicants to self-certify the type of driving they do, or expect to do, with their state’s licensing agency. Current CDL permit holders, out-of-state CDL transferees and people seeking a CDL on or after Jan. 30 will be required to meet the provisions of the new law when testing, applying for a permit or transferring a CDL from another state. Their driving record will be updated to indicate that they have met the requirements.

PennDOT will begin notifying existing CDL holders of the new requirements by mail in March.

Information on the new law and certification forms can be found by clicking on “New CDL Law” at www.dmv.state.pa.us

For more on the new law go to the Shamokin News Item website at the follwing link:


Scott B. Cooper
Schmidt Kramer PC
209 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 232-6300 – Telephone
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  1. joe says:
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    why does it have to be the truck driver to get investigated all the time? cars cause much more wrecks than trucks and half the time its a car that caused the wreck with the truck. why shouldnt the person in the the cat have to report their physical ability to drive a car. it seem like they are always after the truck driver.

  2. Truckie D says:
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    Here in Indiana, we’ve had to provide a copy of our long form physical to the state for a number of years now. If you don’t keep your physical current with the state, they automatically suspend your CDL (even for driving a car) until you provide them with a valid physical. You’re also unable to renew your CDL unless you have a valid physical on file with them. Not a big deal really — you just fax it to them, and it takes a few days for them to get it entered into their system.

    Personally, I support such a measure, which may help to keep unqualified drivers off the road.

    In Indiana, drivers are also required to carry a copy of their long form physical with them, rather than just a copy of the certification, which to me seems a bit redundant, since it’s on file anyway.

    In all the years I’ve been driving, when I get inspected the only thing I’ve ever seen the inspector look at anyway is the certification and expiration date.