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    Type 1 diabetics and CDL

    First of all, I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong place here but I have a question regarding being an insulin dependant diabetic. I keep getting conflicting answers. I am an insulin dependant type 1 diabetic and have been told that I can never get a CDL by some people and I have also been told that I can get it with an exemption. I live in Canada but want to do long haul to the US. Any help would be greatly appreciated. This has been a long time dream but had to wait for the kids to grow up. I need all the info possible because I will do what ever I can to make this happen. If it's true I can't drive tractor than I would be willing to drive a smaller truck as long as long haul is possible. Again any help would be greatly appreciated. I was on hold for over an hour today with MTO trying to find out from them but nobody answered, go figure.
    Anyway thank you in advance,
    From a true wannabe


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    ok. FMCSR 391.41(a)(1)(i) states a Canadian CMV driver is considered by virtue of having the license to have passed a medical exam and is not required to carry a medical examiner's certificate. However, Canadian drivers who do not meet the medical fitness provisions of the Canadian National Safety Code for Motor Carrier, but are issued a waiver by a Province are not qualified to drive a CMV in the US.

    But FMCSR goes on to say:
    391.41(b)(3)
    Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control;
    It appears to me that if you can get it past MTO and acquire your all-Canada CDL, you will not be questioned here. But if you have to get a waiver that applies only to the Provinces willing to issue said waiver, you may not drive a commercial vehicle here.

    Clear as mud, yeah?

    Keep trying with MTO. If they have an office in your area, camp out in their lobby until someone acknowledges you. They'll either have to deal with your question or kick you out to close up.

    Good luck to you.

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    Thank you Injun for your reply. I did manage to get through to the MTO yesterday and they have accepted the first part of my medical via fax. The man was very helpful. He said that they will get back to me in writing and I will most likely have to see my doctor again for further info but I still stand a chance of getting my CDL at this point. He said it is really up to my doctor now and comes down to how well I have my sugars under control. My doctor assured me he thought I'd pass the medical in the end. This is major because major schools here told me I didn't stand a chance of getting licensed. This has been a life long dream, (had to wait for children to grow up, well worth the wait) and I am not gonna give up easy. Your response shows me doors to the US can be opened and I am gonna run with that. So once again, thank you for your help. I will let you know how I make out so that we can inform others if there is a chance for them too.

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