DOT Physicals

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in physical testing
for commercial drivers

Commercial drivers are required to complete and pass a DOT physical to maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) for their own safety and the public’s safety.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical for all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a CMV.


When a driver arrives for their DOT physical, a certified medical examiner (CME) will cperform a physical examination that may include:


  • Vital signs
  • Review of medical history
  • Hearing and vision
  • Heart and Lungs
  • Extremities
  • General phyical appearance


Upon passing the physical, the driver will be issued a DOT medical card by the examining physician.


Please note: without a valid DOT medical card, a driver's CDL will not be valid.


Who requires a DOT Physical?

  • Operate a motor vehicle for interstate commerce with a gross combination or vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds
  • Transport hazardous materials that required placards
  • Operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 15 passengers
  • Paid operator of a motor vehicle designed to carry more than eight passengers 

Do you manage a fleet of

trucks and drivers?

As an employer of commercial drivers, you must comply with federal regulations for DOT physicals. Contact us today to set up a cost effective and convenient testing program for your drivers.

What drivers need for their physical


All drivers should bring the following:

•  A  list of ALL of your medications, including the doses and your doctors’ names and addresses

•  Complete page one of the exam (driver’s portion). The form can be downloaded under the forms tab above.



Drivers requiring eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids:

•   Bring your glasses, contacts, or hearing aids

•  You will be required to pass a vision and hearing test



Drivers with high blood pressure:

•   Your blood pressure MUST be below 140/90 during your exam



Drivers with heart-related issues:

•  Bring a letter from your cardiologist indicating you are safe to drive a DOT vehicle

•  Bring results of any stress test, ECHO cardiogram, or other testing completed within the past two years



Drivers taking the blood thinner Coumadin (Warfarin):

•  Bring a recent INR (blood level and clearance) letter from your physician



Drivers with diabetes:

•   Your blood sugar should be managed

•   Bring the most recent lab test results for Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC) and any other records related to your diabetes



Drivers who have suffered a stroke, brain tumor or have a seizure disorder:

•  Bring a letter from your neurologist stating your medical history, medications, and current neurologic/psychiatric status



Drivers with sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine:

•  Bring readings from your machine documenting use or a letter from your sleep specialist

•  Bring at least 90 days of readings



Drivers taking medications that cause sleepiness or are FDA controlled substances: 

•  Bring a letter from your and medical records from your physician regarding the safety of driving a DOT vehicle while using these medications



Drivers with permanent loss of use in an arm or a leg:

•  Bring a letter from your from your physician describing the injury and if you have any work restrictions due to the injury

•  You may have to pass a Skilled Performance Examination in order to qualify for your DOT card



If you are uncertain if you will qualify for a DOT card, you may want to schedule a visit with your primary or specialty physician BEFORE your re-certification date. 

These are guidelines only and do not guarantee passing the exam. Additional testing or/information may be required by your DOT examiner.