Seizure Free And Medication Free For 11 Years

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Curt S.'s Comment
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I am a little confused about the law concerning interstate CDL and seizures. I have been seizure free for 20 years and anti seizure medication free for 11 years. I just passed my DOt physical. I am able now to obtain an interstate CDL correct? I’ve heard conflicting reports and I can’t seem to find anything on the internet. Thanks

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Rob's Comment
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You obtained your DOT medical card so you're able to drive interstate as long as your card doesn't have the bubble filled in about intracity zone or whatever. Not sure the cause of what your seizures were (and you don't need to share if you don't want), however when I went for my medical card I was worried about seizures in my past as well. I dealt with them from about 9 months old until I was 5. Doctors never did find out what was going on, as I tested negative for epilepsy. The medical examiner I seen said that because I hadn't had a seizure in 22 years, and off medication for 20 years that he believed it was febrile seizures I was dealing with. Again, I wouldn't worry about it unless the bubble is filled in restricting area of travel.

If you want to be completely sure and put your mind at ease give the examiners office a call. They should be able to pull up a copy of the card and tell you with 100% certainty.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Bill F.'s Comment
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A statement from your regular doctor (if you have one) stating you have been seizure free for X number of years, and off seizure meds for X number of years, will be very helpful. Keep the originals and only let others make copies. Whatever the FMCSA rules state, you can be turned down by companies for issues the rules allow.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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