House passes Phillips legislation streamlining process to acquire a commercial driver’s license
STATE HOUSE — The House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Rep. Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland) that would streamline the process to acquire a commercial driver’s license.
The legislation (2018-H 7251A) would permit the use of an electronic means of transmission of the medical certificate required for the issuance of a commercial driver’s license by the Division of Motor Vehicles.
“A commercial driver’s license — just like any other business regulation — should not be a difficult process or a harrowing experience,” said Representative Phillips. “Those who rely on these licenses for their businesses don’t have the time to get a certificate and wait at the DMV just so they can present it in person. This legislation is pro-business and will streamline the process by letting driver’s do it online.”
Under the legislation, the medical certification required prior to the issuance of a commercial driver's license, would be electronically transmitted to the DMV. The process would be accessible through the department’s website by way of a menu item labeled “commercial driver’s license (CDL) medical certificate.”
The measure now heads to the Senate, where the Committee on Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs is considering similar legislation (2018-S 2763A) introduced by Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland).
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903