Why is the DOT Physical Important?

Because it's REQUIRED to maintain your Commercial License!


Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants to  minimize the risk of a commercial driver having some sort of  incapacitating incident that would put the driver and / or public in  danger.  It's important that commercial drivers operating on our roads  are fit and capable of handling the rigors related to both short and  long distance trucking.

DOT and CDL Physical Explained:

When you successfully pass all the aspects of a driver physical  issued a Medical Certificate, it is usually valid for a set period of 2  years (Maximum). However, if you have any medical condition such as  hypertension, diabetes or sleep apnea just to name a few then the  certificate would likely be limited to 1 year. When any physical  limitations are found, such as arthritis, severe back pain, hearing or  visual deficiencies, you may be sent to your primary care doctor or  specialist (optometrist, audiometrist, etc.) to correct or give  clearance for deficiency

What Happens During a DOT Physical?

The process of an examination is quite straightforward. It begins  with discussing your medical history.   In addition, you must list any  prescription medications with dosage you are currently taking. 

The  physical exam consists of checking hearing, vision, blood pressure,  pulse, urine (specific gravity, protein, blood & sugar) Height &  weight are also checked. Drug testing is not part of the DOT/CDL  physical exam.