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What is a Federal Diabetes Exemption?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) determined that a driver who is insulin dependent does not meet the minimum physical requirements.

There are only two exceptions:

  • The driver has proof of being grandfathered status from the FMCSA.
    • Proof of grandfathering is the original letter from 1996 granting the right to continue to drive as long as the driver can meet physical qualification requirements.
  • The driver may apply for a Federal Diabetes Exemption.

An exemption is “temporary regulatory relief” from one or more FMCSA regulations given to a person who is subject to the regulations. Exemptions are good for up to 2 years, and may be renewed.

The Federal Diabetes Exemption Program is responsible for determining if a driver meets program requirements, and issuing the diabetes exemption.

The medical examiner’s responsibility is to determine if the driver is otherwise medically fit for duty and can issue a medical card only if the driver has a diabetes exemption. The Medical examiner cannot determine if the driver qualifies for the diabetes exemption.

Call ARCpoint Labs of Southboro-Framingham at (508)834-3760 for more information about DOT Physicals and how to apply for exemptions!

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