DOT/CDL Physical Exams
The primary mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The FMCSA was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of1999.
To improve highway safety, trained certified medical examiners will determine if a commercial motor vehicle driver’s health meets Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration standards.
As of May 21, 2014, according to Federal mandate, Certified Medical Examiners (medical professionals performing DOT physicals) must be registered with the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).
You are required to have a physical exam if You operate a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross
combination weight rating (GCWR) or gross vehicle weight (GVW) or gross combination weight (GCW) of 4,536 kilograms (10,001 pounds).
You operate a motor vehicle designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, in interstate commerce.
You operate a motor vehicle designed or used to transport between nine and 15 passengers, for direct compensation, beyond 75 air miles from your regular work-reporting location, in interstate commerce.
You transport hazardous materials in quantities requiring placards, in interstate commerce.
DOT EXAM REQUIREMENTS
The Department of Transportation requires all Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holders to receive periodic physical examinations, entitled “Department of Transportation Medical Examination,” to ensure the ability of the driver to safely operate a commercial vehicle.
The US Department of Transportation sets the following guidelines:
CDL holders (Drivers) must have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye. Glasses or contact lenses are permitted.
Drivers cannot be a diabetic on needle-injected insulin; diabetes controlled through a diet or oral medication is permitted.
A driver’s blood pressure must be under 160/100. Prescription medication to control blood pressure is permitted.
Use of a Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic or any other habit forming drug is not permitted.
If a driver has a current diagnosis of cardiac insufficiency, collapse, congestive cardiac failure or any other cardiovascular disease,
The Department of Transportation also requires clearance for drivers that have been diagnosed with the following conditions:
sleep apnea, recent back injury, recent major surgery, a current hernia, or have had recent workers’ compensation claims.
DOT Drug Screening
CDL Drivers are also required to take random drug screens to maintain their license. The required procedure tests for the following: Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Opiates, PCP, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepine, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Alcohol (Urine Test)
You must carry a current copy of your medical examination certificate with you when you drive. We will provide laminated DOT card upon successful examination.
Fee : $ 150.00
You may download this form and fill out before your visit.