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Periodic 5-Year Refresher Training Statement

Updated as of 7/14/22:

To maintain your certification as a Medical Examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, you are required to participate in periodic training offered by FMCSA no sooner than 4 years and no later than 5 years after the date of your certification by FMCSA. However, FMCSA acknowledges that there have been delays in releasing the training to Medical Examiners. Due to these delays, FMCSA previously notified MEs that the Agency will not take action against affected MEs for noncompliance with the regulations for not completing the training within the five-year time frame and would provide adequate time for the training to be completed once released. The periodic training is now being made available to all certified MEs that are either currently due or past due.

The periodic training is available through your National Registry account and must be completed by no later than December 31, 2022. Please log into your National Registry account and select Periodic Training Due from the menu options to access the periodic training. Once on the periodic training screen, follow the instructions to download, complete, and certify that you have completed the periodic training. To receive credit for completion of the periodic training, you must print the certification of completion, enter your name, sign and date, scan and save a copy on your computer for upload to your National Registry account. You must then return to your National Registry account, select the periodic training menu item, upload your certificate of completion, and click “Certify Completion of Periodic Training.” If you fail to complete the 5-year periodic training within the additional time the FMCSA allows, you will be removed from the National Registry and will no longer be certified to perform CMV driver examinations.

Training Availability Completion Date to Avoid Removal
MEs Past or Currently Due Now available December 31, 2022
MEs Due in the Future Beginning ME’s 4th year of certification Prior to ME’s 5th year certification date


MEs Past or Currently Due to Complete 5-year Periodic Training

Due to the rebuild of the National Registry system, FMCSA released the 5-year periodic training on July 14, 2022. It was made available to all medical examiners (MEs) that are either past due or currently due through their National Registry account. Based on unexpected delays in releasing the training, FMCSA is allowing all MEs that are past due to have until December 31, 2022, to complete the periodic training. MEs that are past due or currently due that do not complete the periodic training by December 31, 2022, will be removed from the National Registry for noncompliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

MEs Due in the Future to Complete 5-year Periodic Training

As MEs reach the 4-year anniversary date from their certification with the National Registry, the periodic training will be released to their National Registry account for completion prior to 5 years from their certification date with the National Registry. MEs that do not complete the periodic training by 5 years from their certification date, will be removed from the National Registry for noncompliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

If you have questions related to this message, please contact the National Registry Helpdesk at FMCtechsup@dot.gov or 617-494-3003. 

For your convenience, providers can download the Periodic 5-Year Refresher Training modules here: Refresher Modules

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10-Year Recertification Notice

Providers that have been certified and listed on the National Registry are required to be recertified no sooner than 9 years and no later than 10 years after the date of issuance of your Medical Examiner certification credential. Recertification requires that you again complete a qualified training program, such as ours, and again take and pass the NRCME certification examination. Once you again pass the NRCME certification examination the FMCSA will issue a new Medical Examiner certification credential - including a new National Registry number - which will again be valid for 10 years.

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