A new federal requirement to help ensure that DOT
medicals are kept current was passed.
Ties the medical card to the CDL.
If the medical card is expired or not valid, then the
driver cannot legally drive a commercial motor vehicle.
The DMV is now responsible for storing all medical
information and providing the information upon
demand to law enforcement and employers.
All new CDL applicants must provide to the DMV a
valid DOT medical card, medical waiver, or SPE.
The DOT medical card, medical waiver, or SPE must
be continuously updated with the DMV upon
expiration of the medical document.
Starting January 30, 2012 but no later then January 30,
2014 ALL current CDL holders must provide to the
DMV a valid medical card, medical waiver, or SPE.
The medical card can be hand delivered, mailed or
faxed to DMV.
There will be educational outreach by DMV and CSP.
Drivers not physically qualified to drive a commercial
motor vehicle as required by 49 CFR 391.41, may
apply for a Colorado State Patrol, Intrastate Medical
Waiver. The authority to issue medical waivers was
adopted by Colorado under the authority of §42.4.235,
C.R.S. Applicants may obtain a medical waiver packet
by contacting the Colorado State Patrol, Motor Carrier
Safety Section, located at 15075 South Golden Road,
Golden, Colorado 80401, or by telephone at 303-273-
A medical waiver may be issued if the applicant
currently drives a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or greater, which
includes Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)
of 26,001 pounds or greater, when the towed unit has a
GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more by itself; OR a bus
designed to transport sixteen or more passengers
including the driver, this includes school and church
Individuals must currently hold a Commercial Driver's
License, or be in the process of obtaining a
Commercial Driver's License. A medical waiver will
not be issued to persons who do not meet these
Waivers are issued to individuals who have failed to
meet the requirements of 49 CFR 391.41 for the
1. 391.41(b)(1) and (b)(2) - Loss of limb
2. 391.41(b)(3) - Clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus
currently requiring insulin for control
3. 391.41(b)(10) - Vision requirements
A medical waiver cannot be issued for multiple
In addition to a completed waiver application, interested parties
must also submit the following:
A copy of the applicant's official driving record from the
DOR, listing accidents, driving arrests, license suspensions,
revocations or denials, and all traffic convictions, except
parking violations, within the last five years.
The original medical examination form (DOT physical
form) completed pursuant to 391.43, indicating that the
applicant is medically unqualified.
Copies of all valid medical waivers issued to the applicant
by any local, state or federal agency.
A letter from the employing motor carrier stating the
carrier understands, and is aware of the applicant's
medical condition, and wants the applicant to continue
his or her employment with the carrier.
A Colorado State Patrol Medical Waiver of Physical
Defects authorizes the applicant to drive a commercial
motor vehicle (CMV) in INTRASTATE commerce
The waiver is valid only while the applicant is
transporting commodities other than bulk hazardous
materials, as defined in 49 CFR 171.8 or commodities
with a hazard class identified in 49 CFR 172.504 Table
1, or subject to the "Poison by Inhalation Hazard"
shipping description in 49 CFR 172.203(m)(3).
The waiver is also subject to other restrictions based
upon individual applications.
For further information regarding this program, please
contact the Colorado State Patrol Motor Carrier Safety
Section at (303) 273-1875. Information regarding
driver's qualifications may be obtained from the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Title 49, Part
42-4-1003(b). Overtaking a vehicle on the left:
The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicyclist
proceeding in the same direction shall allow the
bicyclist at least a three-foot separation between the
right side of the driver’s vehicle, including all mirrors
or other projections, and the left side of the bicyclist at
42-4-1008.5. Crowding or threatening bicyclist:
The driver of a motor vehicle shall not, in a careless
and imprudent manner, drive the vehicle unnecessarily
close to, toward, or neat a bicyclist.
Any self-propelled or towed vehicle bearing an
apportioned plate or having a manufacturer's gross
vehicle weight rating or gross combination rating of
ten thousand one pounds or more, which vehicle is
used in commerce on the public highways of this state
or is designed to transport sixteen or more passengers,
including the driver, unless such vehicle is a school bus
regulated pursuant to section 42-4-1904 or any vehicle
that does not have a gross vehicle weight rating of
twenty-six thousand one or more pounds and that is
owned or operated by a school district so long as such
school district does not receive remuneration for the
use of such vehicle, not including reimbursement for
the use of such vehicle.
No school district vehicles are required to be marked,
unless the district receives money for the use of a
vehicle. This includes the districts white fleet.
From the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,
through the internet at www.fmcsa.dot.gov. Follow the
link for “Registration”.
From the Colorado State Patrol, Intrastate Only,
download the application at
www.csp.state.co.us/mcsap.html. Once completed, fax
it to 303-273-1939.
Also for the Intrastate application, you can stop by our
office and fill the application out in person.
SOME NEW SIGNS YOU MAY
SEE ALONG INTERSTATE 70
Westbound Interstate 70 from Milepost 259 to Milepost 254
Eastbound Interstate 70 from Milepost 254 to Milepost 260
Colorado State Patrol
Motor Carrier Safety Section
15075 South Golden Road
Golden, Colorado 80401