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Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Exam and Commercial Motor Vehicle Certification

DOT Physicals are required by the Department of Transportation. They are required for those applying for and holding a Commercial Drivers License and who perform anyone of the following duties:

  • Operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes
  • Operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds; operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes
  • Transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

DOT Health Restrictions
There are some restrictions for commercial drivers who have certain health problems. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lists these requirements that the applicant must meet:

  • No loss of a foot, a leg, a hand, or an arm
  • Impairment of hands or fingers which interferes with grasping or impairment of an arm, foot, or leg which interferes with ability to perform duties
  • No history of insulin dependent diabetes
  • No current clinical diagnosis of:
    • Myocardial infarction
    • Angina pectoris
    • Coronary insufficiency
    • Thrombosis
    • Any other cardiovascular disease of a variety known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse, or congestive cardiac failure
  • No established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction that interferes with ability to drive a commercial motor vehicle safely
  • No current clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure likely to interfere with ability to drive a commercial motor vehicle safely
  • No medical history of arthritic, orthopedic, neuromuscular, muscular, rheumatic, , or vascular disease that interferes with ability to control a commercial motor vehicle safely
  • No diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause unconsciousness
  • No mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease or psychiatric disorder which interferes with ability to drive a commercial motor vehicle safely
  • Distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye with or without corrective lenses
  • Ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and yellow
  • Perceives a forced whispered voice no less than 5 feet away with or without a hearing aid
  • Not a user of any drug or controlled substance including an amphetamine, a narcotic, or other habit-forming drug
  • No diagnosis of alcoholism

Our certified medical examiner will complete your DOT physical form. The examiner will review your health history and perform a physical exam that includes but not limited to the following:

  • Check your vitals (heart rate and blood pressure)
  • Perform a vision test
  • Observe your general appearance
  • Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears
  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Check for spine deformities
  • Perform a neurological exam
  • Abdominal Exam
  • Check for hernia

If you meet the standards and do not require periodic medical monitoring, your certificate will be valid for two years. In some cases, the medical examiner will issue a certificate that lasts for only three months, six months, or one year. If you do not meet the above standards, the examiner will not be able to issue a valid medical certificate.