The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) updates that truckers can now search the DOT registry for certified examiners using zip codes. However, the full registry stays down after the hacking event that occurred a few months ago.
The FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners online system was hacked that prompted its outage. Concerns about the vulnerability of drivers’ and examiners’ data were raised. But the FMCSA on January 9 ensured that the data was protected, and apparently, nothing sensitive was stolen.
“There was no evidence of exposure of the personal information of drivers, medical examiners or motor carrier operators,” said the FMCSA.
The outage disabled users to verify certifications of medical examiners. But now, part of the problem is resolved, and you can search for certified examiners by zip codes.
Following the hacking attempt, no major problem was observed with roadside inspections. Examiners, however, faced some difficulties as they were forced to backlog exam results until the website goes live again.
Speaking on the issue, Collin Mooney, the Executive Director of the CVSA, said, “The drivers are still required to take the medical [certificate] to the state and the state updates the CDL. Medicals are still able to be verified at roadside through CDLIS, not the national registry.”
The FMCSA has made no comments on the timeline when the NRCME will become active again. Until then, you can search for certified medical examiners by zip code with the help of the tool that the FMCSA created.