DOT Physicals

The Department of Transportation’s underlying goal is to keep people safe while they’re on the road. A big part of the job lies in the regulation of drivers of large commercial vehicles.

CDL-licensed drivers are required to pass drug and alcohol screens to maintain their employment, but it doesn’t stop there:

It’s also necessary to pass a medical examination and obtain a Medical Examiner’s Certificate to be carried with the driver at all times and renewed every 2 years (unless otherwise specified).

If you need to arrange a DOT physical, we’re here to take the call. We keep up-to-date on DOT regulations and can help line up everything you need.

DOT physical- what’s included?

According to “A Motor Carrier’s Guide to Improving Highway Safety,” the medical examination for DOT consists 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