WASHINGTON, DC — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its State partners said they will be conducting random verifications of driver Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MEC) during enforcement activities.
In an effort to eliminate the use of fraudulent MECs and to keep medically unqualified drivers off the highways, the FMCSA said the purpose of these validations is to obtain verbal confirmation that the medical examination was conducted and the information on the MEC is accurate.
It is not however, evaluating a driver’s medical fitness to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
The FMCSA said they will take the following steps to validate the authenticity of MECs:
1. Contact the medical examiner’s office at the telephone number indicated on the certificate.
2. Explain the inquiry’s purpose and indicate that it is intended solely to confirm that the document presented by the driver matches the records maintained by the medical examiner. Direct contact with the actual medical examiner is not required – an authorized staff member may provide the requested information.
3. Provide the driver’s name and date of birth, the date of issuance of the MEC and any restrictions indicated thereon and request verbal confirmation of the information provided.
For more information on FMCSA’s medical reports, visit the FMCSA website.