Part of the Department of Transportation’s promise to all Americans is to keep them safe while they’re on the roads – and a big part of that is regulating and monitoring the drivers operating large commercial vehicles.
CDL-licensed drivers need to pass drug and alcohol screens in order to work, but that’s not all:
They must also pass a medical examination and be issued a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. The certificate must be carried with the driver at all times. It will need renewed every 2 years (unless otherwise specified).
If you need to line up a DOT physical, please contact us. As a lab testing partner for many DOT agencies we can help line up everything you need.
What is included in the DOT physical?
Taken from “A Motor Carrier’s Guide to Improving Highway Safety,” here’s what the medical examination for DOT will consist of:
- Has no loss of a foot, a leg, a hand, or an arm, or has been granted a skill performance evaluation certificate
- Has no impairment of a hand or finger which interferes with prehension or power grasping or has been granted a skill performance evaluation certificate
- Has no impairment of an arm, foot, or leg which interferes with the ability to perform normal tasks associated with operating a CMV or has been granted a skill performance evaluation certificate
- Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control or has been issued a diabetic or vision exemption
- Has no current clinical diagnosis or any disqualifying heart disease
- Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction
- Has no current clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure
- Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of arthritis
- Has no clinical diagnosis or clinical history of epilepsy
- Has no mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease or psychiatric disorder
- Has 20/40 vision or better with or without corrective lenses
- Has distant binocular acuity of at least 20/40 in both eyes with or without corrective lenses
- Has the ability to recognize the colors (red, green and amber) of traffic signals
- Has hearing to perceive a forced whisper voiced equals to or greater than 5 feet with or without hearing aid or average hearing loss in the better ear equals or less than 40 dB
- Has no history of drug use or any other substance identified in Schedule 1
- Has no clinical diagnosis of alcoholism