What is a DOT exam?
A DOT physical exam is the evaluation required in order to operate a commercial vehicle. This exam ensures that each driver is capable and healthy enough to complete their duties associated with commercial driving.
What to expect during your physical?
The doctor, PA or NP must be a qualified examiner.
The examiner will review your health history and ask for a list of current medications you take on a daily basis.
You will need to fill out a medical form that has sections for you to provide information about your medical history, you must indicate whether you have any health issues for example:
- Brain Injuries or neurological disorders
- Epilepsy or seizures
- Loss of hearing
- Heart attack or heart disease
- Impaired vision
- Psychiatric disorders
- Dizziness or fainting
- Chronic pain
If you have any of the above health problems you must provide current documentation from your treating doctor stating the condition is under control and you are able to safely operate a commercial vehicle.
There are some restrictions for commercial drivers who have certain health problems. If you take injectable insulin for diabetes, for example, you cannot get a medical certificate. You must have at least 20/40 correctable vision in both eyes. You cannot use narcotics, amphetamines or other habit-forming drugs.
CDL Medical Certificate
If you meet the standards and do not require periodic medical monitoring your certificate will be valid for 2 years. In some cases, the medical examiner will issue a card that is good for 3 months, 6 months or a year.
Once you receive your medical certificate we will register you in FMCSA database along with the State your licensed in.