Massachusetts Registry Extends Medical Self-Certification Deadline to April

CDL holders have an additional 90 days to comply with federal requirement

The MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles has announced it is extending the January 30 deadline for Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holders to meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s requirement that CDL & Commercial Permit holders provide their licensing jurisdiction with their self-certification information and a copy of the US DOT Medical Certificate. The deadline has been extended by 90 days to April 30, 2014.

This requirement is the result of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule intended to improve highway safety by insuring that only medically qualified drivers are operating on our highways. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles began accepting driver self certifications and copies of US DOT Medical Certificates in August 2012.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles recently has made compliance with this rule easy for drivers from the convenience of their home computer.  Visit our web site,; select ‘Online Services’.  Scroll down to ‘Other’. Select Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Self-Certification. If a driver is providing the Registry with a US DOT Medical Certificate, they must have a copy scanned to their computer as a JPG or PDF file before beginning the transaction. The customer will be asked to upload to the Registry the US DOT Medical Certificate within the transaction.

Additionally, drivers are encouraged to check the status of their self-certification at  For a driver to verify their license status including self certification, visit our web site,; select ‘Online Services’.  Scroll down to ‘Check My Status’. Select ‘License Permit Status’.  Enter the authentication information requested, and they will be able to see their license status and their current self-certification status.

Failure to complete driver self-certification by April 30, 2014, or failure to re-certify by the self-certification expiration date thereafter, will result in the downgrade of the driver’s CDL to a Class D License.

Important update to the Mass CDL Self-Certification Process

MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Division has a new online option to allow CDL holders to “self-certify”
to meet the new Federal regulation which requires them to self-certify with the RMV.  This new option is designed to assist CDL holders in maintaining compliance with federal regulations before the deadline of January 30, 2014.

** Click here to Self-Certify **

Most CDL license holders will find they are able to complete this online transaction process in approximately five minutes with the following materials handy:

  • Your license information
  • Your US DOT medical certificate, if you are required to carry one. 
  • If you are required to carry a medical certificate, your US  DOT medical certificate will need to be scanned on your computer as a PDF or JPG file to be uploaded to the Registry. 

**Those Massachusetts CDL Drivers who have previously self-certified can verify their status on the Registry web site at this link: 
If you have additional questions please contact Jimmy Donovan at 617-241-8825 or


Attention all Teamster Local 25
Commercial Drivers
Important Changes Under the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (DOT)

Starting January 30, 2014, all CDL holders will be required to have provided to their State Registry of Motor Vehicles the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL. Drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current medical examiner's certificate to their State Registry of Motor Vehicles to obtain a "certified" medical status as part of their driving record. If you fail to provide and keep up-to-date your medical examiner's certificate with the State Registry of Motor Vehicles, you will be considered "not-certified" and may lose your CDL.

This Important Change affects ALL CDL Drivers: Private, Public, Class A, B, C, Passenger, Etc...
You Must Self Certify whether or not you have a DOT Medical Card in order to maintain your Commercial Driver's License
The Four Self-Certifications are listed on the Individual State forms.

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