We cannot tell a driver which number should be marked, however, we can explain the difference in types of driving you may wish to engage in. There are four (4) options on an Affidavit, non-excepted interstate, excepted interstate, non-excepted intrastate, and excepted intrastate.
Interstate commerce driving includes:
- From one state to another state or to a foreign country;
- Between two places within a state, but the route takes the vehicle through another state or foreign country; or
- Between two places within a state, but your cargo came from or will be delivered to another state or foreign country.
Intrastate commerce is when you drive a commercial motor vehicle only within one state (TN) and you do not meet any of the descriptions above for interstate commerce.
If the only type of commercial driving you do is one of the following excepted activities, then you operate in excepted interstate commerce and do not need to submit a federal medical examiner's certificate.
- Transporting school children and/or school staff between home and school;
- Transporting human corpses, or sick or injured persons;
- Operating a fire truck or rescue vehicle during emergencies and other related activities;
- Primarily transporting propane winter heating fuel when responding to an emergency condition requiring immediate response such as damage to a propane gas system after a storm or flooding;
- Responding to a pipeline emergency condition requiring immediate response such as a pipeline leak or rupture;
- Working in custom harvesting on a farm or to transport farm machinery and supplies used in the custom harvesting operation to and from a farm or to transport custom harvested crops to storage or market;
- Working as a beekeeper in the seasonal transportation of bees;
- Operating a vehicle controlled and operated by a farmer, but not a combination vehicle (power unit and towed unit), that is used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery or farm supplies, but not placardable hazardous materials, to and from a farm and within 150 air miles of the farm;
- Driving as a private motor carrier of passengers for nonbusiness purposes; or
- Transporting migrant workers.
If your commercial driving does not include any of the activities listed above, then you operate in non-excepted interstate commerce and are required to provide a current medical examiner's certificate (49 CFR 391.45)