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Federal medical certificate (Fed Med card) and your Commercial Driver License (CDL) – what you need to know
Federal and state regulations require all commercial drivers to certify their tier of operation – the type of operation in which they are engaged. Based on that certification, some drivers will be required to provide a copy of their Fed Med card to the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (WI DMV).
What has not changed?
Rules concerning which drivers need a federal medical certificate (Fed Med card) with them while operating a commercial vehicle are not changing.
What has changed?
If you drive a commercial vehicle, federal regulations require you to tell DMV where you drive. DMV calls this process selecting a tier of operation. You will need to tell us whether you:
- Drive interstate (you or your load cross state lines)
- Need to carry a Fed Med card
When is this happening?
All CDL holders were required to certify their tier of operation (where they drive) by January 30, 2014.
What should you do?
- Learn more about selecting your tier of operation
- If you need to change your current tier of operation or you have not yet selected a tier, you will need to appear in person at your local DMV Customer Service Center, select your tier and provide your Fed Med card (if required).
- If you have a Fed Med card and are 21 or older, choose Interstate Fed Med ("Tier 1"). Tier 1 is the most flexible option; it covers you anywhere you operate - in state or out of state.
- If you are under 21 or you don’t have a Fed Med card or drive intrastate (you or your load never cross state lines), you will select a different tier. Other tiers restrict where you operate and are not as flexible as Tier 1.
- If you are currently certified as Tier 1, use our online application to update your current Fed Med card or view and print your tier of operation.
- If you are currently certified as Tier 2, 3 or 4 you may use our online application to view and print verification of your current tier.
Questions? Contact the FedMed hotline: (608) 267-2290
Last modified: May 29, 2014
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