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Scheduling the National Exam

“I have my 10-digit National Registry number, so why can’t I schedule the national exam and where is my eligibility number?”

One of the more confusing aspects of becoming a certified Medical Examiner (ME) is the verification process. In accordance with the FMCSA NRCME Final Rule, the DOT must first verify a provider’s medical credentials before placing their newly assigned 10-digit National Registry number, also known as an eligibility number, into a database that the testing companies are linked to. It can take the DOT anywhere between one to three weeks to verify a provider’s credentials, depending on the time of year and the amount of providers needing to be verified at the same time. Providers will know that they have been verified when they can schedule the national exam online with either Prometric or PSI Testing.

If it has been more than three weeks since you applied for your National Registry number and cannot schedule the national exam, or more than three weeks since you passed the national exam and have not received your final certificate from the DOT, then contact the DOT directly at FMCTECHSUP@dot.gov (recommended) or by telephone at (617) 494-3003.

Study Guide

Medical providers who completed a different NRCME training program and feel that they are not fully prepared to sit for the NRCME National Certification examination can purchase our proprietary Additional Reference materials for $99, which include the following:

  • NRCME Study and Reference Guide 04052022.pdf
  • NRCME Question Bank 04062022.pdf*
  • Pretest Review for the National Certification Examination 04062022.pdf
  • The CMV Driver Examination.pdf (New for 2022)
  • Primary Care or Specialist Opinion Letter.pdf
  • The Job of a Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver.pdf
  • 4 PDF editions of The NRCME Report newsletter - a $99 value.

* In total, there are over 500 sample questions included in our Additional Reference materials.

Please note that there is no training certificate, classroom access, CME/contact hours, or refunds for the Additional Reference materials.

Read our blog entry About the NRCME Exam

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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.

Call (866) 672-6384 for a single-provider discount.