If you’ve had to renew your medical certification recently and had trouble verifying your doctor’s eligibility or seeing your own qualification status online, there could be a good reason. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has reportedly confirmed to Land Line that the rumors are true: the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner’s website was hacked late last year.
According to the FMCSA, there was an “unauthorized access” to the system on December 1st which resulted in “an unanticipated system outage.”
Since then, the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has been offline.
The FMCSA has restored some functionality by creating a new search tool which allows drivers to verify if their doctor is an FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner (CME).
But while CMEs can still conduct DOT physicals and issue paper certificates, they’re still unable to upload any of that information into the national registry system. FMCSA is instructing them to hold on to that information and then upload it once the system is brought back online.
FMCSA claims that while the website was hacked and is currently offline, “there was no evidence of exposure of the personal information of drivers, medical examiners, or motor carrier operators.”