Oregon medical certificate grace period will end June 1

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Oregon medical certificate grace period will end June 1


May 14, 2021

The Oregon grace period for commercial drivers to file a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) with DMV will end June 1. The Oregon Transportation Commission approved administrative rules making the change at its May meeting.

The grace period has been in place since March 2020 as one of several motor carrier safety regulation waivers to help the trucking industry continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current federal waiver will expire May 31, 2021, and the FMCSA has not announced a decision as of May 14 whether it will extend the waiver. However, the Oregon waiver will end June 1.

If you do not have a current MEC on file with DMV, please schedule your medical examination as soon as possible and file it with DMV.

When the grace period ends, DMV will resume sending 30-day CDL cancellation notices to drivers who do not have an MEC on file. Drivers must submit their MEC by that date in order to avoid cancellation of their commercial driving privileges.


File online at DMV2U

The fastest way to file your MEC is online at DMV2U.oregon.gov under Notify the DMV. You also can submit it by fax or in person at a DMV office.

Federal and state motor carrier safety regulations require commercial driver license holders and commercial learner permit holders to keep a valid unexpired MEC on file with DMV. The MEC must be issued by a certified Medical Examiner listed on the FMCSA National Registry.

More information on the MEC requirement in Oregon and how to submit it to DMV: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv/pages/driverid/cdlmedex.aspx


MECs to stay on paper through June 2025 

CDL holders will continue to receive paper Medical Examiner’s Certificates and file them with DMV for four more years before the nation transitions to electronic filing.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed extending the June 22, 2021, deadline for compliance with the National Registry II final rule to June 23, 2025. This will give the FMCSA and state driver license agencies more time to finish the computer system changes needed for the new MEC registry procedures.



More information:

Registration: 503-378-6699

Over-dimension loads: 503-373-0000

For news reporters: David House at david.j.house@odot.state.or.us  or 503-945-5270.