On 6/22/18, the FMCSA announced that the NRCME website functionality has been restored.
Providers, administrative assistants, and others registered with the NRCME can now login to the website and use the website to access their account information and to report examination results.
The FMCSA has indicated that there will be a grace period for the reporting of driver examination results, since it has been over 6 months since the NRCME website went down and reporting examination results was impossible. They have not specified what the grace period will be, but presumably it will last for weeks if not months, since it is anticipated that there are over 1 million driver examination results that have not been uploaded to the system.
However, there is no change to the requirement that driver examinations now performed – all examinations performed on or after June 22, 2018 – must be reported to the NRCME website no later than midnight of the calendar day immediately following the examination date. Examiners should continue to issue written certificates to drivers through at least June 22, 2021 since not all state driver’s license agencies have developed the capability to receive notification from the NRCME of drivers’ examination results.
It is expected that the NRCME will now begin issuing notifications to the medical examiners who passed the national certification examination since the NRCME website went down in December, 2017, but it is not known how long it will be until such examiners receive official notification. Medical examiners are not allowed to perform driver certification examinations until they have received official notification from the NRCME of their listing on the National Registry. Driver examinations performed by medical examiners who have not been notified of their National Registry listing are invalid and drivers must obtain a new certification examination.
A new requirement for all providers and any others registered on the NRCME website is that they must create an account with login.gov and will then use that login each time they access the NRCME website. The only requirements to create a login.gov account are an e-mail address and telephone number. Once a login.gov account is created, each time a person logs into the NRCME website they will be required to use their login.gov account and must use a two-step authentication process each time they log in.