Iowa DOT Implements New Application Process for Commercial Motor Drivers | News
Starting January 30, 2012, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will be implementing new federal rules for drivers to apply or renew their commercial driver’s licenses (CDL).
Drivers will now have to complete a form declaring the type of commercial motor vehicle they intend to drive. Each type falls into a different category. The driver then has to provide the Iowa DOT with a copy of his/her current Medical Examiner’s Certificate before being issued a CDL.
The new changes do not affect current CDL holders until January 30, 2014. A CDL holder whose license expires between January 30, 2012 and January 30, 2014 can complete the required declaration form and submit a copy of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate when they renew their licenses.
If a CDL holder driver’s license expires after January 30, 2014, he/she must go to an Iowa driver’s license station before January 30, 2014 and provide the declaration form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate.
A CDL holder who fails to comply before January 30, 2014 will have their CDL downgraded to a noncommercial driver’s license.
Drivers are also required to keep a most current record of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate on file at all times.
For more information about the CDL procedure, click here.
Find an Iowa driver’s license station here.