DOT Medical Exam – What to Expect

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operators complete a physical exam at regular intervals.  So what should you expect when completing you DOT physical exam.

Where to Go 

When considering where to get your exam completed you must go to a medical facility in which the provider completing the exam is national registered through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

To be registered the provider must have completed additional training and passed a required certification exam.  To find a certified examiner near you search the FMCSA’s National Registry.

What to Bring to Your Exam

It is important to bring necessary items to prevent delay or disqualification in medical certification.  Items that are commonly forgot include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Previous medical certificate card
  • Glasses or contacts
  • Prescriptions medications
  • Hearing aids

What the Exam Includes

  • During the DOT medical exam your medical history is obtained by completing a required medical history report.
  • Vital sign screening checks your blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, height, and weight.
  • Your vision and hearing are tested.
  • A urine sample is obtained to look for signs of chronic disease.
  • An exam is completed by the provider focusing on: eyes, ears, mouth and throat, lungs and chest, abdomen and organs, limbs, spine, muscle and strength, nervous system, and balance.

After Your Exam

After you are cleared to drive you will be given a copy of your medical examination report and your updated DOT medical card with the new expiration date.  These two records are also maintained in your chart at the location of your physical exam for approximately five years.  The new medical certificate information is immediately updated with the FMCSA by the examining provider.  You must then present the new medical card to the state Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office for them to update your certification in their system.  You can also fax this information to the state DMV as well.

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