Cherokee County Treasure Hedgie Brandt is informing County residents that her office would like the public to know that the Iowa DOT has developed a way to make sure you never forget to renew your driver's license.
The Electronic renewal notification program is a way for you to receive an e-mail reminder to renew your driver's license or identification card. Just go to "myMVD" at https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/ to sign into the Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Division.
Brandt also has noted a change that began at the beginning of the year regarding Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL). Beginning on Jan. 30 of this year, the Iowa DOT started implementation of new federal regulation that require all CDL holders and applicants to certify the type of driving they do, and require interstate CDL holders who carry a Medical Examiner's Certificate to give the Iowa DOT a copy of their certificate.
These new regulations do not change who has to obtain a CDL or who has to obtain a Medical Examiner's Certificate. They only require two things:
* All CDL holders and CDL applicants must self-certify the type of driving they are engaged in.
* Drivers who certify to non-excepted interstate driving must give the Iowa DOT a copy of their Medical Examiner's Certificate, and must keep that certificate current.
All CDL holders must complete the self-certification and provide the Medical Examiner's Certificate, if required, by Jan. 30, 2014. If you renew or change your CDL before Jan. 30, 2014, you will be required to comply at the time to the renew or change.
Also you will need to complete the self-certification and submit the Medical Examiner's Certificate on or before Jan. 30, 2014 even though your CDL does not expire until later.
The federal regulations require the Iowa DOT to downgrade your CDL to a non-commercial license if you do not complete the self-certification of type of driving and submit the Medical Examiner's Certificate, if required before Jan. 30, 2014.
If you operate your commercial motor vehicle in Interstate commerce, go to www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/MCRforCDL.html to determine what you need to do to comply. At the DOT website you can complete a self-certification and submit your Medical Examiner's Certificate (if you're required) in person at any driver's license location.
Also, at the DOT website you can download the self-certification form and submit it, along with your Medical Examiner's Certificate, if required, by any of the following means:
* By mail to: Office of Driver Services, P.O. Box 9204, Des Moines, IA 50306-9204
* By fax to: 515-239-1837
* By e-mail to: CDLMedCert@dot.iowa.gov (E-mail submissions must be scanned and attached as a pdf.)
Drivers required to submit a Medical Examiner's Certificate must submit a new certificate before the previous one expires to stay in compliance and avoid a downgrade of their CDL to a non-commercial license.
Once you have completed the initial self-certification and submitted your Medical Examiner's Certificate for the first time, submit new Medical Examiner's Certificates via one of the methods listed previously.