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DOT Physical Examination

The Department of Transportation will require you to take and successfully pass a physical and provide proof with a ‘Medical Examiner’s Certificate’. Federal law requires CDL holders to receive periodic physical examinations, called a “Department of Transportation Medical Examination”, to ensure the ability of the driver to safely operate a commercial vehicle. Trucking companies and truck drivers typically refer to the ‘Medical Examiner’s Certificate’ as a ‘DOT medical card’. Please review all the physical requirements defined by the US Department of Transportation:

Watch a Video:  DOT Physical Requirements for the CDL

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DOT Physical Examination

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1.  You must have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye. Glasses or contact lenses are acceptable

     to correct a driver's vision.
2.   Diabetes controlled through a diet or oral medication is permitted.

3.   Your blood pressure must meet the following criteria:

  • 140-159/90-99 for 1 year certificate
  • 160-179/100-109 for a 3 month temporary certificate at examiners discretion
  • Greater than 180/110 is disqualifying

        Note: Prescription medication to control blood pressure is permitted.

Other factors or conditions which could prevent you from obtaining the required DOT clearance include: sleep apnea, recent back injury, recent major surgery, a current hernia, or recent workmen's compensation claims. If you have questions about your medical health, please consult your physician before beginning the training program.

4.   Your blood sugar level must be under 200 for a finger stick test or under 10% for a A1C test.
5.   Use of medications varies. Please see your physician, contact your local DOT office, or visit
6.   If you have a current diagnosis of cardiac insufficiency, collapse, congestive cardiac failure

     or any other cardiovascular disease you will be required to provide the Medical Examiner with

     a stress test (needs to be performed within the last 12 months) along with a release from

     your physician stating that you can drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do I have to report my medical card to the DMV?
A: Yes.

Q: How long is my medical card good for?
A: 2 years max if you are in good health.

Q: Do I get the medical card the same day?
A: Yes if you pass your physical.

Q: Do I need to bring any forms with me?
A: No we have all the forms.

Q: Do I need a drug test in addition to my DOT physical?
A: No only if your company request one.Watch A Video: DOT Physical Requirements for the CDL

Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Examinations