The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. It requires all medical examiners (MEs) who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards. Medical examiners who have completed the training and successfully passed the test are included in an online directory on the National Registry website.
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National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Privacy Act Statement
This statement is provided pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 USC § 552a. The information on the attached Form MCSA-5850 CMV Driver Examination Results is solicited under the authority of Title 49, United States Code (U.S.C.) §§ 40113, 44702, 44703, 44709 and 14 C.F.R. Part 6-7.
With limited exceptions, all drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, in interstate commerce must comply with the qualification requirements of part 391 (§ 391.1). Each driver subject to the physical qualification requirements must be examined and certified by a medical examiner, as defined in § 390.5, at least once every 2 years. For certain drivers, such as those with severe cases of hypertension or other acute medical conditions, more frequent medical re-examination by a medical examiner may be required to determine whether the driver can still be certified.
Medical examiners are required to submit data every month for each driver physical examination conducted. Driver or medical examiner social security number is not required. Incomplete submission may result in removal of a medical examiner from the National Registry Program. The purpose of information is to record results of a driver’s physical qualification to operate a CMV in interstate commerce according to the requirement in 49 CFR 391.41-49.
The information will be used to provide data for FMCSA’s automated National Registry Data System. The information will become part of an FMCSA Privacy Act system of record. These records and information in these records will be collected and used to link a specific medical examiner to specific driver medical examination outcome data.
The written consent authorization of this form under OMB Control Number: 2126-0006 permits FMCSA to request driver physical examination outcome data from medical examiners.
About the National Registry
The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners lists medical examiners (MEs) who have been trained, tested and certified to perform medical examinations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers in interstate commerce. These MEs fully understand the medical standards in the FMCSA Regulations, related guidance and how they relate to the medical demands of operating a commercial motor vehicle.
The goal of the National Registry is to promote and preserve the highest level of professional standards, training and care among medical examiners. Therefore, the National Registry requires that medical examiners performing CMV driver examinations be trained and certified.
All healthcare professionals are eligible to apply to become a certified medical examiner if their scope of practice authorizes them to perform physical examinations, as defined by the State in which they practice.
The objectives of the National Registry are to:
Ensure that medical examiners understand fully the medical standards in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and related guidance and how they apply to CMV drivers
Maintain ongoing competency of medical examiners through training, testing, certification and recertification
Promote public confidence in the quality of the medical examinations of CMV drivers
Ensure that the list of certified medical examiners is easily accessible
FMCSA is and will continue to be involved in all facets of the National Registry program development and implementation and maintain an oversight role. Implementation of the National Registry program demonstrates the commitment of the Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to making our Nation’s highways safer