CDL Program

Published: 8/28/2014 11:32 AM

 

All school bus drivers must possess a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a Kentucky school bus endorsement to transport pupils.
 
Important Changes to CDL/DOT Physicals for Kentucky School Bus Drivers
 
ALL KENTUCKY SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS PHYSICALS OBTAINED ON OR AFTER MAY 21, 2014 MUST BE SIGNED BY AN INDIVIDAUL LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF CERTIFIED MEDICAL EXAMINERS

Self Certification
Kentucky has been requiring drivers to self-certify for nearly two years and bus drivers should choose “excepted interstate commerce” in most cases. Drivers who use their CDL for other commercial purposes may need to make a different selection.
 
DOT Physical Card Update
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced January 10, 2014, that commercial drivers must continue to carry paper copies of their medical certifications until January 30, 2015. Bus drivers must still self-certify by January 30, 2014.
 
KDE suggests that districts use the following steps to expedite this process:
  1. Start the license renewal and/or medical certification process at least 30 days before going to obtain or renew license/permit and/or at least 30 days before a physical expires.
  2. Visit a physician for a physical and obtain the medical certification card.
  3. Send a legible copy of the front and back of the completed medical card to the Division of Driver Licensing using one of the following methods (include your address/phone number/email address for notice of approval):

Mail to: 200 Mero St., Frankfort, KY 40622
Fax to: 502-696-3932

Scan and email to: KYTC.CDLSCHOOLBUS@ky.gov

All CDL holders/applicants will receive written notification via regular mail or email after their medical card has been received and processed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Division of Driver Licensing. Email may be printed out to serve as written notification. Upon receipt of written notification from the Division of Driver Licensing the school bus driver must take the written notification to the license issuing office in their county to obtain their license/permit or renew their existing license/permit.

 

Commonly Asked Questions

 Q: When do I need to send in a copy of my DOT physical card?

A: Every time you get a new physical or self-certify you must send documentation to the Kentucky Department of Transportation, Division of Drivers Licensing a minimum of 30 days before your DOT physical expires.

Mail to: 200 Mero St., Frankfort, KY 40622
Fax to: 502-696-3932
Scan and email to: KYTC.CDLSCHOOLBUS@KY.gov

Q: Can a driver get a two year DOT Physical if qualified?
A: We are recommending that whenever possible that you have your drivers be certified for two years. This DOES NOT eliminate the need for an annual physical, but it will keep their license from expiring while waiting for KY DOT to process the medical examination and self certification updates.

Q: Why must a driver get an annual physical?
A: The requirement for an annual physical is now part of KRS 281A.175 which was revised June 25, 2013. It is also included in 702 KAR 5:080, Section 1.

Q: What does ‘Medical Examiner’ mean?
A: From 49 C.F.R. pt. 390: Medical examiner means the following:
(1) For medical examinations conducted before May 21, 2014, a person who is licensed, certified, and/or registered, in accordance with applicable State laws and regulations, to perform physical examinations. The term includes but is not limited to, doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and doctors of chiropractic.
(2) For medical examinations conducted on and after May 21, 2014, an individual certified by FMCSA and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners in accordance with subpart D of this part.

Q: How do I obtain a CDL?
 
Q: Which form do I use for my physical?
A: You must use the form approved by KY DOT. They have abolished TC94-35 and you must now use FCMSA form, 649 F (6045).


 John Wyatt 
Office of Administration and Support
Division of District Support
500 Mero Street, 15th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5279
Fax (502) 564-6771