Suspended License

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BK's Comment
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See, you made too many damn jokes, BK. Just kidding. I hope you get it cleared. Please tell me you are not trapped at p-lot until this clears. If I were near OK, I would give u a lift.

George, I swear, no more jokes ever! Karma has taught me a harsh lesson.

From what I understand, I can’t even drive a car until I get this straightened out.

George B.'s Comment
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Bush Country's Comment
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Sorry this happened BK.

For newcomers reading this...

This has become a tricky little area for CDL drivers. Each time you get a new physical done you must self certify it with your state. I have found the two best ways in my state (TX), are to walk it into a DMV office and have them scan it into their system while I'm standing there with the clerk, or email it to the specific email address the state provides. I always follow up the email one week later with a phone call, verifying the new expiration date.

I never trust the state to handle important documents efficiently. I do take measures to hold them accountable.

OS - I scanned & emailed mine in Texas last year (5.24.22) and received an automated confirmation email back the same day. In the email there was a link to use to check eligibility which is still active today (1.5.23). Seems as though the system works well, based on a sample size of one.

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.

BK's Comment
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Sorry this happened BK.

For newcomers reading this...

This has become a tricky little area for CDL drivers. Each time you get a new physical done you must self certify it with your state. I have found the two best ways in my state (TX), are to walk it into a DMV office and have them scan it into their system while I'm standing there with the clerk, or email it to the specific email address the state provides. I always follow up the email one week later with a phone call, verifying the new expiration date.

I never trust the state to handle important documents efficiently. I do take measures to hold them accountable.

Old School, great advice for every driver to be aware of, especially us new ones learning how to navigate the system. Yesterday I talked to a friend of mine who is an instructor at Fleetmaster. He said basically the same thing OS said. He emphasized that when you go into a DMV to get your FedMed card updated or registered, get a “confirmation receipt “. Keep the receipt in safe place, in case you need it.

Right now, I’m still out of service. Trying to deal with the WI DMV but getting contradictory info from them. Thanks for letting me vent.

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.

Davy A.'s Comment
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I'm glad this thread came up, this year will be my first renewal of my med card. It's in March. Wondering if I can do it early just to head off any possible issues. I have very little faith in government entities getting any paperwork in correctly.

BK's Comment
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My license was reinstated today, so I’m back in business. I actually got it reinstated about 16:00 this afternoon and still got in 300 miles of driving.

I had to send a photo of my current FedMed card to my grandson in Wisconsin. He then went to his local UPS store and had it printed out. Then he went to DMV with the print out and they processed it and presto, license is now valid.

What did I learn from this experience? First of all, treat my FedMed card like it’s as valuable as my license, because it is. And be 100% certain it is on file with the state DMV. Don’t assume it’s on file, like I did. Get positive proof that it’s current and on file. I figure that this entire fiasco cost me about $600 in lost wages and hurt my company which is short on drivers during this holiday period.

I also found out that my Grandson is a very helpful, capable and trustworthy young man.

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.

Harvey C.'s Comment
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My license was reinstated today, so I’m back in business. I actually got it reinstated about 16:00 this afternoon and still got in 300 miles of driving.

I had to send a photo of my current FedMed card to my grandson in Wisconsin. He then went to his local UPS store and had it printed out. Then he went to DMV with the print out and they processed it and presto, license is now valid.

What did I learn from this experience? First of all, treat my FedMed card like it’s as valuable as my license, because it is. And be 100% certain it is on file with the state DMV. Don’t assume it’s on file, like I did. Get positive proof that it’s current and on file. I figure that this entire fiasco cost me about $600 in lost wages and hurt my company which is short on drivers during this holiday period.

I also found out that my Grandson is a very helpful, capable and trustworthy young man.

Great to hear, Bruce. It's also to hear something great about your grandson. We hear plenty of negative things about today's youth and it's nice to hear about one of the good ones.

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.

George B.'s Comment
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You can continue with your jokes and antics my friend!embarrassed.gif rofl-2.gif dancing.gif dancing.gif

Glad you are back in the saddle Bruce! Hammer down!!!

Ryan B.'s Comment
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See, you made too many damn jokes, BK. Just kidding. I hope you get it cleared. Please tell me you are not trapped at p-lot until this clears. If I were near OK, I would give u a lift.

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George, I swear, no more jokes ever! Karma has taught me a harsh lesson.

From what I understand, I can’t even drive a car until I get this straightened out.

False on not being able to drive a car. It's a downgraded license, interstate commercial vehicle driving suspended.

Interstate:

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

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I'm glad this thread came up, this year will be my first renewal of my med card. It's in March. Wondering if I can do it early just to head off any possible issues. I have very little faith in government entities getting any paperwork in correctly.

You can have your physical done early. It's basically between you and your company when you go get it done.

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