DOT Physicals

DOT Physicals 
for Commercial Truck Drivers

DOT Physicals for Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Holders 

In the past, any licensed physician could issue the DOT medical certificate, but since May 2014 certificates can only be issued by examiners that have completed mandatory training and have passed an examination to verify that they have thorough knowledge of medical requirements for CDL drivers. Our physicians are appropriately credentialed to issue DOT medical certificates for CDL license holders.

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. DOT Physicals are required for all Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders. The periodic DOT Physical examination is given to ensure that a driver is capable of safely operating a commercial vehicle.

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. Upon reaching the two-year mark, a CDL holder must undergo another DOT physical to be re-certified. Getting your DOT physical has never been easier.

We accept walk-ins, but recommend you schedule an appointment prior to your visit to reduce your wait time and ensure a DOT accredited physician is available. A DOT physical should not replace an annual wellness physical.

What to know before your visit
  • Insurance is not accepted for physicals at Medical Arts Clinic, and payment is due at time of visit.
  • Bring any required forms including the DOT Medical Examination Report with Driver Information.
  • Our practitioners can only verify immunizations administered at our clinics or with appropriate documentation.
Department of Transportation Requirements

To pass the physical for the CDL you:
  • With or without vision corrections, each eye, as well as both eyes combined, need to have 20/40 vision.
  • Must be capable of distinguishing colors found on traffic signals.
  • Hearing should be good enough to notice a forced whisper at a minimum distance of 5 feet.
  • Maximum allowable blood pressure is 160/100. Use of prescription medication to achieve this threshold is permitted.
  • An applicant can have diabetes which is controlled through diet or medication. Diabetes which is controlled though insulin injections is not premitted
  • Blood sugar may not be higher than 200.
  • No use of a Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic or any habit forming drug is allowd.
  • In case you are currently diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease such as congestive cardiac failure, collapse or cardiac insufficiency, then you will need to provide the Medical Examiner with a stress test along with a note from your physician which states that you are able to drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions restrictions.
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