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National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry)

The core mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The Medical Programs Division of FMCSA promotes the safety of America's roadways through the promulgation and implementation of medical regulations, guidelines and policies that ensure commercial motor vehicle drivers engaged in interstate commerce are physically qualified to do so. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) in 49 CFR 391.41 require commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be examined and certified by a Medical Examiner (ME) at least once every two years. To ensure that the MEs who perform the physical qualification examinations of interstate CMV drivers are qualified to do so, FMCSA created the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) under the authority of Section 4116(a) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (codified at 49 U.S.C. § 31149 ). Through the National Registry final rule, the FMCSRs were amended to provide training and testing requirements healthcare professionals must complete to become certified to perform physical qualification examinations for interstate CMV drivers. The training and testing requirements, implemented through the National Registry, ensure that Medical Examiners understand how the FMCSRs and related guidance apply to CMV drivers. The National Registry maintains personally identifiable information (PII) for each healthcare professional applying for ME certification, ME’s administrative assistants and third parties who are registering on the National Registry, and of CMV drivers examined by a certified ME. This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is being updated to clarify compliance dates related to the information collected and to include an alternative process for qualified VA examiners to be listed on the National Registry, per the Process for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Physicians to be Added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners final rule (83 FR 26846).


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Last updated: Monday, March 15, 2021