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Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus-Tips on Applying for a Federal Exemption

Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus (ITDM):  Tips on applying for an exemption.  Call 718-701-5949 for an appointment.

If you are a commercial driver using insulin to treat your diabetes, as you should be aware of already, you will need an exemption from the FMCSA in order to operate in Interstate Commerce.  The package is available at the FMCSA website .  If you need step by step instructions on how to apply to the Federal Diabetes Exemption Program please see earlier blog ” How to Apply to the Federal Diabetes Exemption Program“.   The first step is to come in for a DOT physical.  The examination by a medical examiner will start the exemption process.  If you are found qualified otherwise (meaning you have no other medical conditions that disqualify you other than ITDM), then your medical examiner will state on your medical certificate that you are qualified to drive “accompanied by a Federal Diabetes waiver/exemption”.  However, in order to determine that you have been properly caring for your diabetes, you will need to bring with you your 5 year medical history from your treating doctor or endocrinologist (who ever is following and treating your diabetes).   This will save you time, so that you don’t have to go back and request the 5 year history from your treating doctor and return again to see the medical examiner, who must review it prior to issuing your certificate.   Remember, your medical examiner’s certificate is not valid until you are granted an exemption from the FMCSA.

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About Randolph Rosarion M.D.

Board Certified physician in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Certified National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) Certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) USCIS designated Civil Surgeon Certified Examiner of Divers (Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Society) FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)

One Response to “Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus-Tips on Applying for a Federal Exemption”

  1. Thanks for taking the time write this

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