Posted at: 11/12/2013 4:43 PM

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Some Commercial Drivers Could Lose Licenses

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some Minnesota commercial licensed drivers, including school bus, semi-tractor trailer and garbage truck drivers could lose their commercial driving privileges by the end of January if they don't take action to comply with federal and state regulations.

Approximately 115,000 (46 percent) of Minnesota's 250,000 Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders have not provided self-certification of their commercial driving status and, in some cases, proper medical documentation.

Non-exempt interstate and intrastate drivers must provide a current medical examiner's certification along with any waivers required to maintain commercial driver status. Exempt interstate and intrastate drivers do not need to provide a medical examiner's certificate but do need to complete a self-certification form. The deadline to provide all documentation is Jan. 30, 2014.

Commercial driver heart attacks or other physical impairments lead to 3,000 crashes nationally each year and many result in fatalities or serious injuries, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates.

CDL holders not in compliance on Jan. 30, 2014, will be downgraded to a Class D license, leaving most drivers unable to legally engage in inter- or intrastate commercial driving.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS) is in the process of sending letters to all CDL holders in Minnesota reminding them to complete their self-certification.