NY Expired DOT Card Since February.

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Art B.'s Comment
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Hello. I can’t find this answer anywhere. I know it’s my fault. I let my dot medical card expire ( February ).

Does that mean I lose my CDL?

Thank you.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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True, your CDL is not valid without a current Med Card. It depends on the state but you may have to pay a reinstatement fee. This fee will probably make your wallet feel uncomfortable. "Grace period"? You might get lucky.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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NY DOT medical requirements

All through covid they have been extending medical cards by months. However, that doesn't mean you never have to renew.

The NY DMV site days that anyone that expired on March 1 2021 or later has until Aug 31 2021. I am pretty sure you needed to renew by June. However.... NJ claimed to not have received my certs (despite me having a proof of delivery). 30 days after my expiration date, I received a letter stating I had 30 more days to submit. You should have received a letter downgrading you. I would get to a DOT doctor Pronto and try to certify. With so.much confusion due to covid, they may not notice. Once you are down graded, you have to written exam and behind the wheel test all over again.

I Googled "NY DOT exam certification" to find this:

"Drivers whose MEC expires on or after March 1, 2021 must have a current valid MEC on file with DMV August 31, 2021. On September 1, 2021, drivers in this category who do not have an MEC on file will be placed in a Not Certified status and will be notified that their license will be downgraded from a CDL class to a non-CDL class."

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Art B.'s Comment
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I got it done just now. The office said they fax it. Should I call the dmv in a few days to see if it’s in the system?

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.

Art B.'s Comment
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I just got the medical card.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I got it done just now. The office said they fax it. Should I call the dmv in a few days to see if it’s in the system?

I just got the medical card.

Man, YOU sure dodged a bullet ~

YAY !!!! dancing-dog.gif

~ Anne ~

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.

Art B.'s Comment
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Thank you all very much. Yes I am as happy as that dog.

However. I remember my driving instructor ( this is 4 years ago ) telling me the license reverts only if you don’t renew it as a CDL or pay the higher fee.

I guess things have changed?

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.
Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Should I call the dmv in a few days to see if it’s in the system?

Yes. If they don't have it logged in when you call they should be able to give you an estimate about how far behind they are in processing medical certificates. You're not out of the woods yet. Due to Covid DMV offices aren't operating at 100%. I got a new MC in June. The doc faxed it in and I emailed it in the day of my physical. It took the WA DMV more than 30 days to log it in.

The letter from the DMV telling me my old MC was about to expire claimed I needed to get the new one in at least 7 days before the old one expired. The email receipt I received letting me know they had received my emailed image of my new MC claimed at least 10 days before expiration. When I called the DMV a week later to check if they had posted my new MC they told me they were 30 business days behind!

Obviously, WA and NY are very different states BUT backlogs are pretty common across the country. The moral to the story is DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE - you may have to retest to reinstate your CDL!

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.

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.

Chris L's Comment
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I got it done just now. The office said they fax it. Should I call the dmv in a few days to see if it’s in the system?

I'm from NY also. I'd visit your local DMV office and take a copy of your medical cert with you and have them confirm your med cert is current if not they should be able to take the copy and fax it for you. Cheers

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thank you all very much. Yes I am as happy as that dog.

However. I remember my driving instructor ( this is 4 years ago ) telling me the license reverts only if you don’t renew it as a CDL or pay the higher fee.

I guess things have changed?

Hey, Art;

I was hoping someone else would address this question 'directly,' but .. for as long as I can remember, the expiration of the Fed/Med card (the DOT/exam card) trumps the expiration date on your plastic license in your back pocket .... (or wherever you hide your wallet! LoL..) Since 2003 (for my guy) it's been this way.

For example: Some people only get a 3 month card (ie: trying to get b/p under control, et al ..) or a 6 month card (could be insulin dependent, getting squared away) and some medical situations will only grant a driver a 1 year card, period.

Most 'healthy' people get the 2 year card. CDLA is valid (commonly) for 4 years. The DOT medical card 'TRUMPS' the license expiry date.

Consequences of an Expired Card: Although getting and renewing your CDL medical certification may seem involved, it still should be done on time. The exact consequences of letting your medical certification expire vary by state. Typically, your state will suspend your commercial driving privileges. Some states suspend your privileges immediately, while others give you a grace period to renew your certificate. In some states, if you wait too long to renew your medical certificate, you may have to go through the entire testing process for a CDL again. For example, in Indiana, if your medical certificate is expired for more than one year, you must retest. In Kansas, you must retest if it’s expired for more than 90 days.// Bizfluent.com.

Your instructor misspoke. I'm (we're) just glad you DID get it sorted out, though! Final question/comment. What was this 'higher fee' that he/she spoke of, in your comment?!?

Best to ya!

~ Anne ~

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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.

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