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The Connector - November 2013
Note from the Secretary
By WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb, P.E.
As the holiday season kicks into gear, it’s a time to remind everyone to continue to do their part to keep our highways and roads safe. We’re fortunate that traffic fatalities are tracking significantly lower this year with a total of 472 fatalities as of November 20 compared to 555 at the same time in 2012. This decline is due to the concentrated efforts of many individuals involved with enforcement, engineering, education and emergency response. I hope you will join us in promoting some key safety messages throughout the holidays — to encourage everyone to buckle up, pay attention, drive sober and slow down, especially during winter weather. Thank you and safe travels!
The clock is ticking for over 30,000 commercial driver license holders
Drivers have until January 30 to tell DMV where they drive commercially or lose their CDLs. The federal government now requires that all commercial driver license holders let their state Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) know two things:
- whether they operate interstate or intrastate,
- and whether they are required to carry a Medical Examiner Certificate, commonly referred to as a Fed Med Card.
Drivers who are required to carry a Fed Med Card must now keep a current copy of that card on record with the DMV.
Wisconsin CDL holders who have not yet told the DMV where they operate with their CDL, and, if needed, uploaded their Fed Med Card, should do it now. Those who don’t do it by January 30, 2014, will lose their commercial driver license. DMV has been actively contacting CDL drivers to make them aware of this new requirement and more than 184,000 CDL holders have already complied, but an estimated 30,000 have yet to do so. To assist CDL holders and make it easier for them, DMV created an online application at www.cdl.wi.gov. It is the easiest, fastest, most convenient way to comply, as it is available 24/7. The process takes between five and ten minutes. It is designed for mobile devices as well, and can be completed with a smart phone. The online application requires:
- driver license number
- product number (11 digit number on the back upper corner of a CDL),
- the last four digits of the CDL holder’s Social Security Number
CDL holders may choose one of four tiers, a process called certification. The tier they choose will determine where they are allowed to drive. DMV recommends choosing Tier 1 because it is the most flexible choice and covers all commercial driving circumstances. Those choosing Tier 1 will also have to provide DMV with a copy of their Fed Med Card. To make it easier, DMV produced an online instructional video for those who want a visual demonstration of how to certify and upload their Fed Med Card. Employers may also use the same online application, or they may choose to use our employer notification system — Public Abstract Record System (PARS). PARS can also be found at www.cdl.wi.gov.
Those who prefer not to use the online application may print out a form called the MV3230 which is also found at www.cdl.wi.gov (type MV3230 in the search box). Print it, fill it out and either:
- Fax: (608) 261-8201 or
- Mail: WisDOT; Attn: CDL Certification
PO Box 7995
Madison, WI 53707-7995
Find out more about this new federal requirement for CDL holders at www.wisconsindmv.gov in the announcements section. Help WisDOT spread the word to CDL holders about the Fed Med requirement.
Veteran identifier available December 2 on Wisconsin driver license and ID cards; verify — then apply
On Veterans Day, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary John Scocos and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary Mark Gottlieb announced that starting on December 2, 2013, veterans may voluntarily request from DMV a veteran identifier on their Wisconsin driver’s license or state issued identification card. The word “VETERAN,” marked in red, will appear on the front of a driver’s license or identification card; it will give veterans access to certain programs and services for which certain veterans are eligible without having to carry confidential paperwork.
Veterans may now start the process of verifying their eligibility for the identifier; this must be done before they go to the DMV to apply for a new identification or driver’s license. To verify eligibility, veterans should call 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).
Those who have already met the criteria for the definition of Wisconsin veteran will be told they may proceed to the DMV and apply for a new driver’s license or identification card. Veterans who have not yet been identified by the WDVA as a Wisconsin veteran may apply for certification using an expedited online form at www.WisVets.com or they may download a form and mail it to the WDVA. Once the WDVA has verified that the individual is eligible, the veteran will receive notice they may then proceed to the DMV and apply for a new driver’s license or identification card.
The usual driver’s license and identification card renewal and/or duplicate fees apply.
DMV service centers closed November 28 and 29
DMV customer service centers across Wisconsin will be closed for business on Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving) and on Friday, November 29. Many DMV services can be accessed online 24/7 — just be sure to use the official DMV website.
Need to brush up on Wisconsin traffic laws? There’s an app for that
If you or someone you know needs help preparing for the written portion of their driving test — there’s now an app for that. To help teenagers and other customers learn more about the rules of the road, the Wisconsin DMV is offering the free, downloadable app that can be found on the official DMV website. People can take as many multiple choice practice exams as they wish, review their scores instantly, and can track their results. The DMV is hoping the new app will increase the success rate for the formal written driving test and enhance drivers’ overall understanding of Wisconsin traffic laws.
Popular statewide poster contest is taking off
The Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Aeronautics is now accepting entries for the 2014 state aviation art contest. Wisconsin children ages 6 through 17 can participate. This year’s theme is “Flying Saves Lives.” Artwork examples include medical helicopters, airplanes that drop food and supplies to impoverished nations, and aircraft used to battle wildfires. Prizes are awarded to the top three entries in three age divisions — winners will then advance to the national contest. More information including how to register can be found on the WisDOT website.
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Last modified: November 12, 2013
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