What does excepted mean on my MVR?

Since January 30th of 2014, all CDL drivers must identify for their state what type of work they will be conducting.  This information then determines whether or not the individual requires a DOT Medical Card.

Per FMCSA regulations, have four options:

  • Interstate non-excepted: You are an Interstate non-excepted driver and must meet the Federal DOT medical card requirements (e.g. – you are "not excepted").
  • Interstate excepted: You are an Interstate excepted driver and do not have to meet the Federal DOT medical card requirements.
  • Intrastate non-excepted: You are an Intrastate non-excepted driver and are required to meet the medical requirements for your State.
  • Intrastate excepted: You are an Intrastate excepted driver and do not have to meet the medical requirements for your State.

Basically, drivers must determine if they are excepted or not and whether or not they operate interstate.  As we covered here nearly all limo companies are interstate operators.  Remember that if the trip is pre-arranged and the passenger came from or is going to a different state or country, this trip is generally considered interstate.   This frequently includes airports, seaports, and train stations.

Determining whether or not a driver is excepted is based on the type of work being done.  Some examples of exempt work are school bus drivers, farm workers, operators of fire trucks, and government employees.  Operating for-hire buses is not excepted and as an employee of a bus company MUST choose non-excepted.

When hiring a new driver, it's not uncommon for them to not have the proper classification for the work that they will be doing for you.  This is especially common with school bus drivers and firefighters who often drive for limo or bus companies on the side.  Prior to the driver conducting work for you, it is important that they have the proper classification and that you have a motor vehicle record showing this classification on file. In most states this is as simple as sending in a copy of the medical examiner certificate and an updated for to the state.

Below you will find a link to download a spreadsheet of each state with instructions on how to change a driver classification.




This is an actual violation from a limousine company that used

a driver with the wrong classification.  Don't allow this on your safer report.