LITTLE ROCK — People seeking a commercial driver's license or renewing their CDL will be required to provide proof of medical certification under a federal law that takes effect at the end of January.

LITTLE ROCK — People seeking a commercial driver’s license or renewing their CDL will be required to provide proof of medical certification under a federal law that takes effect at the end of January.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday that it will begin this week notifying the 145,000 licensed commercial drivers in the state of the law change.

Under the new requirement by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, all states must begin collecting and maintaining medical certification information from commercial drivers when they apply for an initial CDL, renew the CDL or when they transfer their commercial license from another state.

Starting Jan. 30, DF&A will ask the CDL drivers to certify the type of driving they do — interstate driving or intrastate driving, or if they fall under exceptions to the requirement for a medical certification.

Depending on the type of driving certified, some drivers also will be asked to provide current medical certification information, as well as a FMCSA waiver and skills performance evaluation. Some drivers will be exempt from the medical certification requirements.

While most CDL drivers will be expected to submit the federally required information during the usual license renewal process, drivers whose licenses were issued before Jan. 30 and expire after Jan. 29, 2014, will receive a notification letter requesting the necessary information by Jan. 20, 2014.

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On the Net:

http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/driverServices/Pages/medCert.aspx