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Federal medical certificate (Fed Med card) and your Commercial Driver License (CDL) – what you need to know

Federal law requires all commercial drivers to tell DMV whether you drive in interstate commerce. Wisconsin DMV is working to make this easy for you.

What is not changing?

Rules concerning which drivers need a federal medical certificate (Fed Med card) with them while operating a commercial vehicle are not changing.

What is changing?

If you drive a commercial vehicle, federal regulations require you to tell DMV where you drive. DMV calls this process selecting a tier of operation. You will need to tell us whether you:

  • Drive interstate (you or your load cross state lines)
  • Need to carry a Fed Med card

When is this happening?

All CDL holders must tell DMV where they drive by January 30, 2014.

What should you do?

  • Tell us where you drive
  • Do it online
  • Do it now
  • Choose Interstate Fed Med ("Tier 1") if you can
  • If you have a Fed Med card and are 21 or older, use our online application to choose Interstate Fed Med ("Tier 1") and upload your Fed Med card. Tier 1 is the most flexible option; it covers you anywhere you operate - in state or out of state.
  • If you are under 21 or you don’t have a Fed Med card or drive intrastate (you or your load never cross state lines), you will select a different tier. Other tiers restrict where you operate and are not as flexible as Tier 1. Learn more and tell us where you drive.
Questions? Contact the FedMed hotline: (608) 267-2290

Last modified: September 25, 2013

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