The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its state partners will conduct random checks of drivers’ medical examiner certificates (MECs) during enforcement activities. Officials said the intent is to discourage the use of fraudulent certificates by obtaining verbal confirmation that a medical examination was conducted and information on the MEC is accurate, not to evaluate a driver’s medical fitness to operate a CMV. Officials plan to take the following steps:
1. Contact the medical examiner’s office at the telephone number indicated on the certificate.
2. Explain that the inquiry is intended solely to confirm that the certificate presented by the driver matches 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, and request verbal confirmation of the information provided.