In an effort to reduce crashes and the resulting injuries or deaths that involve buses and large trucks, drivers of commercial motor vehicles are required to go through a medical exam called a DOT physical every 2 years. A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination can only be conducted by medical examiners certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and listed in the National Registry of Certified Medical.
After reviewing your medical history, you can expect to go through a standard physical exam and urine test. The FMCSA qualification standards span 13 areas assessing a host of factors that may directly affect your driving. Your medical examiner will confirm that you have no limb loss and impairment. They will also check for any current clinical diagnoses or an established medical history of the following:
If the medical examiner finds that the person he/she examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the medical examiner will furnish one copy of the results to the person who was examined and complete a Medical Examiner's Certificate. A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months. The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner's certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.
To make sure you have everything covered and your medical history is complete you will want to bring the following with you:
Our exam meets DOT and FMSCA requirements.
Conducted by a Certified Medical Doctor