PHYSICAL EXAM FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVERS
The Department of Transportation requires a DOT physical exam for all drivers of commercial motor vehicles. The physical exam must be performed by a Certified Medical Examiner and you must be 18 years of age or older and satisfy all medical eligibility requirements.
IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR A DOT MEDICAL CARD:
- You must have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye. Glasses or contact lenses are acceptable.
- You cannot be a diabetic on needle-injected insulin. Diabetes controlled through oral medication is permitted.
- Your blood pressure must be:
- 140-159/90-99 for a one year certificate
- 160-179/100-109 for a 3 month temporary certificate
- Greater than 180/110 is disqualifying, but prescription medication to control blood pressure is permitted.
- Your blood sugar levels must be under 200.
- Amphetamine, narcotic or any other habit forming drugs are not permitted.
- “If you have a current diagnosis of cardiac insufficiency, collapse, congestive cardiac failure or any other cardiovascular disease you will be required to provide the Medical Examiner with a stress test (needs to be performed within the last 12 months) along with a release from your physician stating that you can drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions.Other factors or conditions which could prevent you from obtaining the required DOT clearance include: sleep apnea, recent back injury, recent major surgery, a current hernia, or recent workmen’s compensation claims”.
- A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months or less if a medical condition, like high blood pressure, requires monitoring.
GET PREPARED PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
Bring two forms of Identification
Bring proof of current address
Have your social security number available
Bring your current DOT medical card, if applicable.
If possible, fill out the driver’s portion of the Medical Examination Report prior to your visit.