DOT Card Expiring - Can't Get Physical

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  1. insipidtoast

    insipidtoast Medium Load Member

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    I just received notice from the state of TN that my DOT physical is expiring in a couple months. It says if I don't provide a new one that my CDL will be "cancelled".

    I'm living abroad and will not be getting another DOT physical until I return to the USA, which will not be for at least a couple more years. My license expires in 2026.

    What do I do if I want to get a trucking job upon returning to the USA in a couple years? Will I have to go through CDL school again and take the DMV road test?
     
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  3. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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  4. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Contact the Tennessee DMV/ MVD or whatever the licensing agency is called. Explain your situation and find a solution. A DOT Medical Card is only good for a maximum of 2 years. The expiration date on your Drivers License does not affect your Physical renewal. Some States will just downgrade your license.
     
  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    @Numb has the correct answer. Just IMMEDIATELY submit the self-certification for to TN and check the 2nd option. Also, keep checking with TN via phone or email until you get confirmation they have your new self-certification. I got a verbal OK from TN and then while I was OTR got a letter from TN saying I had a few days to get a new medical or my CDL would be downgraded. Keep written proof from TN to confirm your new status.
     
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  6. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    My state does this
    But they downgrade the license to a regular dL
    Then when you submit the physical it gets changed back . you don’t have to take the written or driving test or anything again

    at least that’s the way it seemed to work for me

    and I self certified for several years when I wasn’t driving
    Just sign the form and fax it to the dmv
     
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  7. insipidtoast

    insipidtoast Medium Load Member

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    Really? I had always heard that if you just let the medical cert. expire, then the license is simply downgraded until whenever you do submit a proper DOT medical cert. The language from the TN letter sounds a little bit more frightening than that. However, it does sound ambiguous too. Here's an excerpt:
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    Not sure if it's relevant to any of this, but I do have a hazmat endorsement.
     
  8. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

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    "Claim an exemption" are the key words I'm seeing here.
     
  9. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

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    Nobody has done the $500 zoom physical yet?
     
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