April 20, 2018
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is ensuring the stability of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) website, the security of the data, and the privacy of drivers and medical examiners. This is of paramount concern. There was an unsuccessful attempt by someone to compromise the NRCME website. It is conclusive that there was no personal information exposed.
Currently, there are several key features available on the National Registry. As of April 6, 2018, healthcare professionals wishing to become a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry are able to register. FMCSA previously released a static look-up function allowing both State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLA) and employers to check the validity of medical cards. Additionally, in February 2018, FCMSA corrected erroneous email notifications that were sent to certain medical examiners incorrectly stating that they would be removed based on out-of-date information.
There are more than 58,000 certified medical examiners on the National Registry that can continue to perform medical exams on commercial truck and bus drivers. These certified medical examiners can continue conducting physical qualification examinations and issue a paper Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876 to qualified drivers. Medical examiners should segregate all examinations completed while the functionality was offline and be prepared to upload them to the National Registry system when it is fully available, without penalties.
FMCSA and UDDOT will continue to work to address these issues as the website is brought fully back online.