Medical Card Matching The Drivers License

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Dead Money's Comment
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In June 2017 I obtained a 2 year medical card while living in California. In October 2017 I moved to Georgia, and turned in my California class c license, and obtained a Georgia class c license. In December 2017, I obtained a CLP in Georgia. The issue is, when I obtain an actual CDL license, will there be an issue since my medical card has my California license #, which clearly doesn’t match my Georgia license #. I’ve asked at the school I’m attending and have received a very non convincing... you’re ok. One trainer however said the discrepancy could cause the DOT to place me out of service. I’d prefer to get this straightened out before hitting the road. I take the pre-trip, backing, and road tests tomorrow.

Opinions?

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Dead Money's Comment
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My examiner noticed the mismatch and postponed the test until I’ve taken a physical in Georgia, so my medical card matches my drivers license number

LDRSHIP's Comment
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You are just going to get a new physical and medical card when you attend orientation at a company anyways. That is why I am sure the school wasn't worried.

Dead Money's Comment
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You are just going to get a new physical and medical card when you attend orientation at a company anyways. That is why I am sure the school wasn't worried.

Well the school should have been a little worried unless they don’t care if I ever get to test.

PJ's Comment
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Did you register your med card when you changed your lic in GA. If driver services accepted it then your ok.

Dead Money's Comment
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Before I left California I canceled my permit because to complete obtaining a motorcycle endorsement the CDL application would need to be closed.

When I applied for a Georgia license, the medical card wasn’t an issue because at that time I no longer had an active permit.

When I tested to obtain a permit in Georgia the DDS accepted the medical card from California, with my California License listed. That might have been an error on their part. I however wasn’t informed that the different number would be an issue.

A phase 1 trainer who was doing a ride along on a day I was being trained on the road (before being tested) mentioned that she felt that the different numbers would be an issue. That same day I brought the issue to the attention of the person who in charge of filing our documents, and rather than passing the issue up the chain, she said they were fine.

So today, I’m not scheduled for a class, and not scheduled for a test, and I get an email stating that since I didn’t sign in this morning, I’ve been removed from their roll, and if I wish to re-enroll I need to contact my recruiter, who is unavailable on the weekends.

I feel like I’ve slipped thru a crack, then had the crack close up over me.

P.S. Since I live close to the school, they aren’t paying for a motel room on my behalf.

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.
Dead Money's Comment
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The conclusion of all that drama... I finally got to test on Feb 14, and passed. Did orientation that same day, picked up my temporary (paper) CDL class AM. I guess that means I’m now a morning person. (The M is for motorcycle)

Current status... waiting for a trainer.

Woohoo!!!

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.
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