Lost My Medical Card. :(

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Https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-29627/Page-Newest/should-i-keep-my-cdl- “excepted intrastate” so that you don’t need a current medical card. Of course it severely limits the circumstances where you could drive a cmv , so it’s pretty much just to keep from being downgraded. But you can get a new medical and change back to “non-excepted interstate” if you need to in the future. I suppose another issue might be if it costs more to renew a cdl , in which case you’d have to decide if it’s worth it when the time comes. But like others have said, there are cdl jobs other than driving a tractor-trailer, like delivery, trash, dump truck, cement truck, bus driver.

MAYBE THAT CAN HELP YOU?

2 New question (sorry don't know how to make a separate new comment) So here in this reply is the QUESTION.

If you have a CDL that is currently downgraded because you did not need to pay again for a medical certification, because the job now was not needing anything except a regular license, is it important to get another medical certification OR just apply for EXCEPTED intrastate? Meaning if you do NOT apply for another medical certificate and the License expires in June 2021, will you NEVER be able to upgrade again? Or like it says above, even though you have a CDL that is downgraded, can you still drive and renew it (although downgraded) and then change back to MEDICALLY certified in 6 months or whatever in the future.?

WHy? Because may not want to spend the 100 bucks to get that card right now. BUT will do it if you say, once your CDl is already downgraded, you HAVE to upgrade it with a medical certificate BEFORE it expires?

For right now only need a "EXCEPTED INTRASTATE" that doesn't need a current medical card. ...but do NOT want to lose CDL privileges. The State DMV already said they will take a photo copy of the New medical card if it is sent into them, but they were rushing and did NOT explain if you can to a "Excepted intrastate".

Help?

THANK!!!

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You're really late to the party with your first post.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Interstate:

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

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Heather W.'s Comment
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My husband has type 1 diabetes and for the last couple of years he has been struggling to keep his numbers under control and gets super stress stressed when the DOT physical comes around to get his medical card because he’s afraid he won’t pass and lose his job. I would think with the shortages on drivers, doctors would be a slight bit more lenient and would work with the drivers more as long as they are showing an effort , right? My husband did his A1C and it was an 8.1. So, he automatically thinks he failed, yelling about having to find a new job, freaking out about not knowing what to do, and I’m trying to reassure him everything will be okay. Does anyone know if the doctors will work with the drivers and give at least a 3 to 6 month medical card so he can have time to get his A1C down? And advice or knowledge would be great. He’s in such a panic, I just want to fix this so he can calm down.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Marc Lee's Comment
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My husband has type 1 diabetes and for the last couple of years he has been struggling to keep his numbers under control and gets super stress stressed when the DOT physical comes around to get his medical card because he’s afraid he won’t pass and lose his job. I would think with the shortages on drivers, doctors would be a slight bit more lenient and would work with the drivers more as long as they are showing an effort , right? My husband did his A1C and it was an 8.1. So, he automatically thinks he failed, yelling about having to find a new job, freaking out about not knowing what to do, and I’m trying to reassure him everything will be okay. Does anyone know if the doctors will work with the drivers and give at least a 3 to 6 month medical card so he can have time to get his A1C down? And advice or knowledge would be great. He’s in such a panic, I just want to fix this so he can calm down.

Heather, does he use insulin? If so, LOW blood sugar is usually the larger concern. I don't know that an 8.1 A1C would cause a denial of a Federal Medical Certificate but I don't think it will. My examiner simply does a urine "dip" test. It he doesn't detect sugar it is a non issue.

If he uses insulin a high reading could affect the ability to get the required signoff on the required form but again, LOW is the larger concern.

Best of luck to you both. My advice... Breath! One step at a time. Freaking out does not help!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I recently had a test at the clinic where my doctor practices. It showed I was at a 6 and the doctor said that was way too high and helped me figure out how to get that number down with dietary changes. Hopefully, my next test shows better results.

Marc Lee's Comment
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I recently had a test at the clinic where my doctor practices. It showed I was at a 6 and the doctor said that was way too high and helped me figure out how to get that number down with dietary changes. Hopefully, my next test shows better results.

Bruce, sorry to hear that but surprised as well. 6.0 is WAY TOO HIGH???

A normal A1C level is below 5.7%, a level of 5.7% to 6.4% indicates prediabetes, and a level of 6.5% or more indicates diabetes. Within the 5.7% to 6.4% prediabetes range, the higher your A1C, the greater your risk is for developing type 2 diabetes.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hello Marc,

What you said in your post is almost word for word what the doctor told me. I eat a lot of fruit (fructose) and a lot of raw vegetables. The doctor told me to cut way down on the fruit and increase the veggies. Then he wants to re-test the blood sugar level in 60 days.

PackRat's Comment
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Knock out that fruit because it's extremely high in sugar. You do not need it to survive.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Heather, if I'm correct type 1 requires insulin. There are drivers with 6 month, one and two year med cards. He needs to worry less. If he has a med card he will get another unless his health has gone downhill since his last.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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As of July 1st I have been completely vegan. I no longer eat any animal products. This has made me feel great. I've lost additional weight and have more energy.

This started after watching The Game Changer on Netflix.

I highly recommend anyone wanting to go this route investigate for yourself.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Hello Marc,

What you said in your post is almost word for word what the doctor told me. I eat a lot of fruit (fructose) and a lot of raw vegetables. The doctor told me to cut way down on the fruit and increase the veggies. Then he wants to re-test the blood sugar level in 60 days.

Cool. So the one thing not being discussed here is 'diagnosis". While those A1C numbers may be valid prior to a diabetes diagnosis once diagnosed with diabetes the target changes. I don't know anyone who is diabetic who wouldn't be thrilled with an a1c significantly under seven.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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