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Commercial Driver License Downgrades

Commercial license downgrades will begin on March 26th, 2014 for any driver who did not respond to the DMVs request for self-certification or medical certification information, or who did not keep their medical certificate information on file current with us.


What must I do if I get a NOTICE OF NON-COMPLIANCE AND LICENSE DOWNGRADE?

If the cause is "Failed to comply with Commissioners request to submit acceptable self-certification of driving type and medical documentation"

You must immediately submit a Medical Certification Requirements for Commercial Drivers form (MC-11A) and a copy of your USDOT Medical Examiners Certificate (if you choose NA or NI as your driving type).


If the cause is "Your US DOT Medical Examiners certificate has expired"

You must immediately submit an updated copy of your USDOT Medical Examiners Certificate.


If the cause is "Your Medical Variance has expired, or your USDOT Medical Examiners Certificate or your Medical Variance has been rescinded or revoked"

You must contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or your Medical Examiner to have this issue resolved.


You can send the required documents to DMV by mail, fax or e-mail.

Mailing address:   

The Medical Certification Unit

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles

PO Box 2601

Albany NY  12220-0601

 
Fax: (518) 486-4421 / (518) 486-3260

e-mail:  dmv.sm.CDLMedCertUnit@dmv.ny.gov

 

You can monitor your medical certification status by creating an account through our MyDMV service.  There is no fee to check your Medical Certification Status through MyDMV.  


What will happen if I don't respond to the NOTICE OF NON-COMPLIANCE AND LICENSE DOWNGRADE?


Failure to respond to the NOTICE OF NON-COMPLIANCE AND LICENSE DOWNGRADE will result in your license automatically being downgraded to a Non-CDL class as of the effective date on the notice.  It is strongly recommended that you submit your required information to the Medical Certification Unit at least 20 days prior to the effective date of the downgrade, to allow for receipt and processing time.

 

If your license becomes downgraded to a non-CDL class, and you want to amend back to a CDL, you will need to visit your local DMV office to complete the transaction.  This cannot be done by the Medical Certification Unit at the Central Office.   Any self-certification and/or medical certification requirements must be satisfied prior to the upgrade of the license.

 

If your license becomes downgraded to a non-CDL class, and you do not want to amend back to a CDL, you may obtain a new non-CDL driver license document by applying for a duplicate license online. The commercial class license document in your possession will no longer be valid

 

Note: You may be charged with a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL)  if you operate a commercial motor vehicle when: not medically certified ( VTL 509 (7-a)),  not in possession of the appropriate license to operate the vehicle (VTL 509(7), or not holding the appropriate class of license to operate the vehicle VTL 509(2). Sections 509(2) and 509(7) are considered” serious” disqualifying offenses under federal and state law, when committed in a commercial motor vehicle.  A conviction of more than one “serious” offense may result in the suspension of your commercial driver license.