Questions About A DOT CDL Physical

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Many people who would like to operate a large truck may not know all of the requirements necessary for this position. If you would like to drive large commercial trucks for a living, you may have to undergo a physical from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for your commercial driver's licence (CDL)  in order to be eligible as a trucker. Here is a bit of information about this requirement:

Are all commercial drivers required to have a DOT CDL physical?

Typically, only drivers who drive large vehicles between states are typically required to pass a DOT physical. 

Who conducts the examination?

Your personal physician may not be able to conduct your examination. Only a medical provider who is approved by the DOT can perform the physical. However, if you are a veteran, your physical may be performed by a VA physician.

What serves as proof of the examination?

If you successfully pass the physical, a medical examiner's certificate is issued.

What are some of the items that will be evaluated during your physical?

During your physical, multiple areas of your health will be assessed. The areas included in the examination are those that could affect your driving ability. Here are a few of them:

  • Vision problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Epileptic seisures
  • Psychological issues
  • Spinal cord problems

In addition to a physical exam, a urine test may be conducted. Your health history will also be reviewed.

Does the examination need to be repeated periodically?

In order to maintain your certificate, you  have to repeat the exam at least every couple of years. Certificates are valid up to 24 months, but some certifications may require renewal sooner if the medical examiner is monitoring a specific health condition. Your certification is maintained electronically so that employers can easily verify that it is up-to-date.

Are there any exemptions permitted for the certification?

If you have certain conditions, such as hearing problems or diabetes that could prevent you from passing your physical, you may be able to receive an exemption. The impairment is reviewed on an individual basis and how it will affect your ability to drive safely is taken into consideration.

To learn more about CDL or DOT examinations, consult with a medial examiner's office near you. If you plan to schedule your physical soon, be sure prepared to offer information about your medical history and current medications as you would with a typical physical.


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