All drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) must undergo periodic medical examinations—a public safety requirement established by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The exams are meant to ensure the ability of the driver to safely operate a commercial vehicle.
DOT Physical Requirement
Your DOT physical must be performed by a certified medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), certification will ensure that medical examiners can effectively determine if a driver’s physical qualification meets federal safety standards.
What to Expect
DOT Physicals are typically valid for 24 months.
A typical exam includes:
- A Medical History Review
- A Physical exam including testing vital signs, vision & hearing tests
- A Urine test