As far as I can tell, this is the pertinent DOT regulation:
(i) Each original (paper or electronic) completed Medical Examination Report...must be retained on file at the office of the medical examiner for at least 3 years from the date of examination.
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulati ... reg=391.43
I have not been able to get a straight answer to this question so far.
Is the problem that of determining what the FMCSA means by "original?"
Is a scanned copy of the original paper exam form considered an electronic "original" report?
If not, what IS an "original" electronic report? Since this regulation refers to an electronic original, surely there must be such a thing?
Is an electronic version "original" only if the exam results are directly entered into a computerized version of the report form rather than on paper?
Just wondering if anyone has found the answers.