The FMCSA assured that no personal data was compromised when the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website experienced an “unauthorized access” attempt nearly four months ago.
The website, which drivers use to find DOT-certified medical examiners to acquire or renew their CDL medical certifications, has been down since December following the cyber attack.
Now, talking to Overdrive, the FMCSA has confirmed that no personal information was exposed. According to the FMCSA’s statement to Overdrive, “There was an attempt by someone to compromise the [registry], but it was unsuccessful.”
The agency also said that it is “conclusive” that no personal information on drivers was exposed.
Although the full registry is still down, a simple search via zip code has been made available by the FMCSA. At the moment, there is no timeline for when the full website will be up again.
Earlier, the FMCSA released a statement that “The Department determined from its initial investigation that there had been unauthorized access to the system. The incident remains under investigation, and the Department is working diligently to restore all impacted services to full functionality as soon as practicable.”
For more details, follow this link to the FMCSA’s website.
Because of the outage, medical examiners are forced to keep a backlog of exam results. They are not allowed to upload the results to the FMCSA until the NRCME website is back online.
Despite the registry being down, the CVSA’s Executive Director Collin Mooney said, “The outage reported on the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners’ website does not impact the data reliability and our verification efforts at roadside.”
“The drivers are still required to take the medical (certification) to the state and the state updates the CDL. Medicals are still able to be verified at roadside through CDLIS, not the national registry.”
A medical examination certificate is one of the documents a truck driver must present during roadside inspections.
The CVSA International Roadcheck 2018 is taking place from June 5 to 7. It’s important that drivers have all the supporting documents they need.