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Driver Services Reminds Commercial Drivers of New Certification Requirements

December 6, 2013
18-wheeler driving on the interstate

A new federal highway safety initiative requires all Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders to provide information to the Department of Driver Services (DDS) regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive, or expect to drive, with their CDL.

According to Federal Medical Certification Requirements (§ 383.71(b)(1) Code of Federal Regulations 205, drivers operating in certain types of commerce must submit a current Department of Transportation medical examiner’s certificate/card to DDS to get a certified medical status as part of their driving record. If you're required to have a certified medical status and don't provide or update your DOT medical information with DDS, you will not be certified and may lose your commercial driving privileges.

Almost 328,000 Georgia CDL holders rely on commercial driving privileges for their livelihood, and it is a vital component of our state commerce.  In Jan. 2012, DDS began urging CDL holders and their employers to be proactive in providing this information. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set a compliance date of Jan. 30, 2014.

The Process

DDS has expanded its online services to help commercial drivers self-certify their type of commerce as federal rules require and, if needed, securely upload medical certification documentation in a faster and more convenient way.  By visiting the DDS website and creating an account, you will have 24/7 access to update and transmit documentation whether at home or out on the road.

You may also fax a copy of the self-certification form and medical certificate/medical waiver (if required) and notice received from DDS (if applicable) to (770) 918-6251. You  can also mail documentation for multiple customers. Please include copies of each medical certificate/medical waiver (if required) and notice (if applicable) and self-certification form to:      

Department of Driver Services (DDS)
Attention: RM-CDL
Post Office Box 80447
Conyers, GA 30013

You can find more information about getting a CDL on DDS's website:

For more information or assistance with the process, please call (678) 413-8400 or 1-(866) 754-3687 inside Georgia but outside the metro Atlanta area.

Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner Rob Mikell

About the Author

A veteran state leader, Rob Mikell has served as Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner since Oct. 2012. He previously served as Deputy Commissioner of DDS and as Deputy Director for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

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