States are now in the process of linking a driver’s DOT physical qualification to their driver’s license. Your state should provide you with information as to the process and requirements of doing so.
However, here are several considerations for you and your drivers:
MAKE SURE THE DRIVER’S ADDRESS IS CURRENT-Driver’s must make sure that the DOT has their current address. While this is always important, it is even more so during this process. You may want to remind them to do so…and to let whomever gets their mail to be on the lookout.
CONTINUE TO CARRY CARD-Recommend drivers continue to carry their physical exam card, even if the DOT says that it is theoretically not necessary to do so. A breakdown in the system could mean an unnecessary out-of-service at an inopportune time (as if there is an “opportune time” for an OS violation).
THINK AHEAD-The process appears to be varying from state-to-state. Some will allow walk ins at DOT centers. Others require the information to be completed via mail or online. Whatever your state requires, be sure the driver thinks ahead so they are not unnecessarily parked because of a delay.