After three months of a limited search option available at the National Registry of Certificate Medical Examiner’s website, broader search functionality has returned to the NRCME.
Earlier, when the system was pulled offline, drivers were unable to search for a certified medical examiner. In March, a limited search tool was added that allowed drivers to search for medical examiners via zip code. Now, drivers can search for examiners using their names, registry numbers, business, and zip codes.
Apart from the broader search functionality, medical examiners can now also upload the results of DOT physicals. After the system was taken offline, examiners were forced to backlog exam results.
It is important to note that the NRCME website is not fully functional at this stage. According to the FMCSA spokesperson Duane DeBruyne, the agency is “diligently working to return full functionality to the National Registry Website.”
He also added that “while progress is steadily being made, it is not possible to speculate at this time when that complete functionality will be restored.”
The NRCME is a list of medical examiners approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Commercial drivers seek their bi-annual medical certificates from the source.
The NRCME was taken down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December last year after a hacking attempt.
The hacking attempt was unsuccessful. According to authorities, no driver’s or examiner’s personal data was compromised. But the site was taken down for safety precautions.
In March 2018, a limited search tool was added to the site that allowed drivers to search for medical examiners using zip codes. Broader search functionality is now available to help drivers quickly find certified medical examiners by using their names, registry numbers, business, and zip code.
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