(ATLANTIC) Beginning January 30th, the Iowa Department of Transportation will implement new federally required rules that change the way drivers apply for, or renew, commercial driver’s licenses.
Tracey Marshall, Cass County Treasurer, said the changes will require drivers applying for, or renewing, their CDL to complete a form declaring the type of commercial motor vehicle driving they intend to perform and if that type falls within a certain category, the driver must provide the Iowa DOT with a copy of their current Medical Examiner’s Certificate before being issued a CDL.
“We are currently requiring them to give us a copy of their Medical Examinations as they come in, we started at the end of December,” said Marshall. “The only certification that we need the Medical Examiner certificate is if they certify to the non-excepted interstate driving, however all CDL drivers will need to certify some type of certification by January 30th of 2014.”
Marshall said a CDL holder who fails to meet the new requirements prior to January 30th, 2014, will have their CDL downgraded to a noncommercial driver’s license.
More information can be found on the DOT website at iowadot.gov. Marshall said there is a brochure on there that will explain whether or not a driver needs to certify.