Who Qualifies as a ‘Medical Officer’ with Authority to Sign CDL Health Cards?

January 10, 2015

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The APWU has received clarification from the Postal Service regarding who qualifies as a “medical officer” with authority to sign Department of Transportation health cards for postal employees with Commercial Driver’s Licenses. The APWU sought clarification of management’s policy in an Oct. 23, 2014, letter, which noted, “It seems practice varies by location.”

According to a Dec. 11, 2014, letter from postal management, the USPS follows the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) regulations, which say that medical examiners must be certified and listed in FMCSA’s database.

Accordingly, a medical examiner may be “a doctor of medicine (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO), physician assistant (PA), advanced practice nurse (APN), and doctor of chiropractic (DC).”

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