For commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, the most important safety feature is YOU – the driver! Each time you turn the key, you are responsible for your own safety, as well as the safety of all the people who share the road with you. We make it easy for commercial drivers to complete the physical exam requirements.
Our conveniently located office is easy to find. Once you're in our office, we'll ask you to fill out a questionnaire about your health history. The physical examination you take for your medical certificate confirms that you are healthy enough to safely perform the demanding job of a CMV driver and keep our Nation’s roads safe. With a vision and urine test complete, you're on your way out the door with a certificate and a wallet card.
Why did the FMCSA regulations change?
Driving a commercial motor vehicle means long, hard hours on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has updated the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations to better reflect the physical demands drivers face and to help them be safer on the job. The new regulations require all medical examiners performing DOT physicals to:
- Be trained and certified in the FMCSA standards
- Report exam results monthly to the FMCSA.
What are DOT physicals?
Federal law requires drivers of commercial motor vehicles (DMVs) to receive regular physical examinations. These exams are defined as the “Department of Transportation Medical Examinations.” DOT physicals are highly regulated for the drivers’ safety. They detect physical, mental, and emotional issues that can affect a driver’s ability to safely drive a commercial vehicle. DOT medical examiners are specially trained to understand the regulations and prevent drivers from being inappropriately disqualified.
How long is a DOT physical exam certificate valid?
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.
Please bring the following to your DOT Physical:
- A picture ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
- Have your corrective lenses with you.
- Bring a list of your medications.
- Your doctor’s name, phone number and fax number.??
- Bring a compliance report if using a CPAP Machine.
- Special Circumstances
- Medical clearance letter from doctor/specialist, if needed.
- Remember the Day of your DOT Physical:
- Please drink water before arriving for the urinalysis.