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"Certified Medical Examiner” Requirement / Obstructed Sleep Apnea Studies

Pupil Transportation Annual Physical Requirement:

  • On May 21, 2014, a new federal regulation becomes effective which will impact annual physicals for pupil transportation vehicle drivers.
  • This new requirement states that physical exams for drivers holding a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) must be performed by a health professional that is a “Certified Medical Examiner “ and who is also listed on the FMCSA’s (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) National Registry.   (The health professional has to complete a specialized training to become a “Certified Medical Examiner.”)
  • Since this is a new regulation, there may be a lack of “Certified Medical Examiners” available in certain areas of the state.   It may be wise for drivers to schedule their physicals prior to the start date of this regulation - May 21.
  • For more information:  https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Studies

  • There has been a lot of concern about sleep studies being required for CDL drivers for various reasons – weight, neck size, etc.  According to Diane Podany, State Program Manager of FMSCA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), this requirement was retracted.  However, Diane said FMCSA is aware that some physicians have continued to include it as part of the CDL physicals they conduct even though it is not a requirement of the process.
  • For more information:  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/notices/2012-10176
Program Contacts
  • Janice Eret: (402) 471-2248 or janice.eret@nebraska.gov
  • Bryce Wilson: (402) 471-4320 or bryce.wilson@nebraska.gov

Updated on 04/21/2014