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Medical Examination Report (DL 51)

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A medical professional completes the Medical Examination Report DL 51 (PDF) to certify that a person meets the medical standards to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

The DL 51 must be submitted to DMV with an original application for a commercial driver license or instruction permit. The form must be dated within the last two years, and submitted to DMV.

California Vehicle Code Section 12517.2(a) requires all applicants for an original or renewal of a certificate to drive a school bus, school pupil activity bus, youth bus, general public paratransit vehicle, or farm labor vehicle to submit a report of medical examination completed by a physician licensed to practice medicine, a licensed advanced practice registered nurse qualified to perform a medical examination, or a licensed physician's assistant.

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