Chapter 5, Section E:|
CDL - Medical Certification and
Revised August 6, 2013
An applicant who does not pass the required hearing test on
the DOT physical will not be able to obtain a New Mexico commercial
license. New Mexico does not offer a medical waiver for hearing to
An applicant who can not pass the required color
blindness test on the DOT physical will not be able to obtain a New
Mexico commercial license. New Mexico does not offer a medical waiver
for color blindness to commercial drivers.
Medical Examiners Certification
Every commercial license applicant (except
a government employee, who is medically qualified through his government
agency) must provide evidence that he is medically qualified to
drive a commercial motor vehicle. Applicant must present a current
Certification form (MVD-11144), which indicates that the applicant
has passed a "DOT" physical. In order to be acceptable, the certificate
must be filled out in each space. The Medical Examiner Certificate
must have all of the following fields filled in:
- Printed name, addressand signature of driver.
- Printed name, address, license/certificate number, telephone number, date of examination, expiration date and signature ofmedical examiner.
- Appropriate box must be checked by medical examiner.
Do not accept any certificate that has been altered or corrected.
Look over the CDL Medical Examiners Certification form. Be familiar with the information that is currently required.
As of Nov 2001 Medical personnel have the option to approve the medical certificate for a limited period of 3 months, 6 months or 1 year, with periodic evaluation.
- If a medical certificate is presented to you with approval limited to 3 months or 6 months you will issue a license for only 1 year. You will place a “Y” restriction on license, and you will provide the driver's information to the CDL unit in Santa Fe at (505) 827-1036. The CDL Unit will in turn notify driver that he must submit his long form. The short duration is associated with high blood pressure. The CDL unit will track and follow up with the driver.
- If you receive a certificate that is only approved for one year you will issue a one-year license and provide driver information to Santa Fe.
The CDL unit will place one of the following tracking codes on the action portion of the driver's record:
- MED1 HY3 DRIVER MEDICALLY QUALIFIED FOR ONLY 3 MONTHS
- MED1 HY6 DRIVER MEDICALLY QUALIFIED FOR ONLY 6 MONTHS
- MED1HY1 DRIVER MEDICALLY QUALIFIED FOR ONLY 1 YEAR
These medical tracking codes do not suspend, cancel or disqualify a driver. They just help us keep track of when driver must submit a new blood pressure reading or other medical update information.
New Mexico Medical Waivers
Why would New Mexico give a CDL driver a medical waiver?
The applicant may have been
unable to pass the required DOT physical.
- Applicant may have passed
the required DOT physical but has one of the conditions for which New
Mexico requires another look before giving a license.
- When an applicant
indicates that he does have one of the conditions that are
mentioned in question 4 of the “Driver License Application” and that
that condition may impair his ability to drive, he is required to
turn in MVD Form
#11095 (Medical Report on Applicant Requesting Waiver to Drive
Commercial Vehicle ). The medical reports should be
completely filled out by the applicant's physician. Direct the applicant
to submit the completed medical report to:
Motor Vehicle Division
Attention: CDL Unit/Medical Section
P.O. Box 1028
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028
All Commercial license holders granted a New Mexico medical
waiver will be issued a 1-year license. There is approximately a
2-3 week turn around for these requests. If the applicant is approved
for a New Mexico waiver he will be mailed a medical waiver card from the
Unit. They must carry the medical waiver along with their "DOT" medical
examiners certificate, in order to drive.
Federal medical waivers/exemptions
Vision waiver -The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently offering vision waivers to
commercial license holders who have at least 20/40 vision in one eye. To
qualify the driver must have been legally driving in his state under a state
vision waiver for 3-5 years. This Federal waiver would allow the driver to
travel interstate. To apply a driver must contact the FMCSA in Washington at
(202) 366-2897 and request an application
package. When a Federal vision waiver is granted MVD's CDL unit will
place the following tracking code under the driver's action: MED1 VI2
DATE ISSUED. These Federal vision waivers are good for two years. Under
the medical waiver screen in your license issuing program you have a
selection of "S" OR "F". Select "F" when driver
Federal vision waiver.
- Loss of limb exemption - The New Mexico office
of the FMCSA will take applications from drivers who
are missing limbs but are wearing prosthetic devices. They provide a
skills test and from that determine if an exemption certificate will be
granted. This waiver will allow a commercial driver to drive out of
state. The number the driver should call for an appointment is (505) 346-7858.
Diabetes Exemption – FMCSA is currently offering diabetes
waivers to commercial license holders who do not meet the minimum
physical requirements of the FMSCRs.