Louisiana Medical Cert expired since Sept 2021.....what do?

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  1. TheIncredibleBulk

    TheIncredibleBulk Light Load Member

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    FYI, I haven't worked since earlier this year but will be back by first of 2022.
    How long do I have before I'm in deep doodoo with LA and/or FMCSA/DOT.
    Called LA DMV and was told just to bring it in once I get it renewed but I didn't discuss how long it had been expired and when I was planning to go back.
    Company will pay for it when I start back but if I'm in a crunch here I guess I'll just go next week and pay for it myself.
     
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  3. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Go get a DOT Physical today. Less than $100 at most urgent care centers. Take it to DMV and get it on file. Easy peasy.
     
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  5. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Somebody correct me if I am wrong but, AFAIK, there is no hurry to get it if you're not back working yet. Your CDL (class A) has probably been canceled & reverted back to a class D already, but AFAIK that's all that happens. When you get ready to go back to work, let your company know & (per your statement above) your company will pay for a DOT physical & your license will be re-instated to a class A. No point in you jumping the gun & paying out of pocket.
    There is no penalty or violation etc involved in this AFAIK.

    I am sure that people get sick or have long term health issues and leave of absences for months without issues when a DOT physical runs out.

    Again, if I am wrong, someone please correct me.
     
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  6. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    self certify to retain your driving privileges.

    I did ,when I retired.

    can drive intrastate only, if I decide to go back in.

    just go into the DMV and fill out a form, in NC.
     
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  7. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    I pay for my own. I won't go near Concentra, or any company that would send me there!
     
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  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Self Certify as using CDL for one of the options that doesn't require a Medical Card. Like @Numb said there is an intrastate option. If LA had reverted your CDL to a car license they likely would have sent you a letter. You should search for a LA webpage where you can check your CDL status.
     
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  9. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    @TheIncredibleBulk
    There may be a fee, but...
    Home - Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
     
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  10. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Hey...... we're Truck Drivers......rolling in cash...... c'mon!:cool:
     
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  11. TheIncredibleBulk

    TheIncredibleBulk Light Load Member

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    Thanks ALL!! Will be calling in first thing in the morning to see what they say and report back how it goes.

    Hope not but if there is oh well. From now til the time I retire I'm gonna be overseas prob 3 months a year so might as well figure out the best way to do this.
     
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