All school bus drivers must possess a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a Kentucky school bus endorsement to transport pupils.
New Requirements for CDL Physicals
Please be advised that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, within the US Department of Transportation, has issued updated federal guidance that goes into effect May 21, 2014
regarding who can perform CDL physicals. Operators of commercial motor vehicles will experience more restrictive physical requirements.
CDL physicals will have to be performed by medical professionals who are certified through the US Department of Transportation and qualify for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
. Due to the new requirements, the cost for CDL physicals will no doubt increase. The cost for commercial operators who smoke will be higher than the cost for nonsmokers. Smokers may be subject to numerous additional required tests. Please also keep in mind that under Kentucky state law (SB 114 as passed by the 2013 General Assembly) amended the state CDL school bus endorsement requirement (KRS 281A.175) to include chiropractors in the definition of “medical examiner”, which makes this consistent with federal law.
Please communicate with any local medical professionals (which can now include those individuals who meet the definition of “medical examiner” in federal regulation 49 CFR pt. 390) who have previously or are now interested in performing CDL physicals for your school district to see if they plan to be on the national registry by May 21, 2014. We also recommend inquiring about the revised pricing for these physicals, before entering into any contractual arrangement.
Updated CDL License & Medical Card Information
KDE suggests that districts use the following steps to expedite the 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 three methods (include your address/phone number/email address for notice of approval):
Mail: 200 Mero St., Frankfort, KY 40622
Scan and email: KYTC.CDL@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.