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The CDL DOT Physical Exam

Fill out a 1-page brief health history
 (Download Form here->Medical Examination Report For Commercial Driver Fitness Determination )

Complete your DOT physical exam with a specially trained doctor (MD, DO, DC, PA, APRN)

- review of brief medical history 

***IMPORTANT***  Please know the name and address of treating physician's.

- discuss special medical conditions, diagnosis, restrictions and medications

- Check height, weight, blood pressure, pulse rate, range of motion, neurological, breathing, eyes, ears- urinalysis for blood sugar

. We complete your paperwork. Photo ID required.

- You get a laminated DOT medical card for your CDL to keep with you at all times you are driving.

- You get 1 copy of the DOT physical form for the company. If you need, we will also fax the DOT physical form to your company.


at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction(eyeglasses or contacts) reading the Snellen Chart, and at least 70 degrees of peripheral vison on the horizontal meridian in each eye.
Driver must also be able to recognize and distinguish standard traffic signals red, green and amber colors.

Hearing: You Must perceive a forced whisper voice at 5
feet or more with or without a hearing aid. Otherwise, you must undergo a formal hearing test with an audiometer and pass.

Blood Pressure: Driver qualified if less than 140/90. If your blood pressure is more than 140/90 but less than 180/110, you may qualify for a shorter interval depending on whether this is an initial or re-certification. 
TIPS-DO NOT drink high energy drinks before your exam.  DO NOT smoke, chew or eat a high salt meal before your exam.

Urine Analysis:
Our DOT urine analysis is a CLIA waived dipstick analysis that checks for glucose, blood or protein in urine.  If any of the above abnormal substances are found in the urine, additional medical testing may be required to find and evaluate the cause.
TIPS- DO NOT consume (eat or drink) large amounts of sugar prior to your DOT exam. 
What Medical Conditions Can Disqualify a Driver?

1. History of or diagnosis of epillepsy (seizure disorder).

2. Diabetes requiring the use of insulin( unless you have an exemption issued by the Federal government or State).

3. If you don't meet the minimum vision and hearing standards listed above, even with the help of corrective lenses or a hearing aid) you may be disqualified.

If you don't meet the vision standards or you are using insulin for your diabetes it is also possible to apply for an exemption by going to the Federal Diabetes and Vision Exemption Program at the FMCSA website.  If available, you may also apply for a intrastate diabetes or vision waiver from your state.  For Kansas Vision Waiver Kansas Diabetes Waiver click on the links provided.


Use of methadone is automatically disqualifying

Use of a narcotic, amphetamine,or other habit forming drug without a prescription from a treating physician is
disqualifying. It is best to have a note from your treating provider that states he has gone over the possible adverse side effects of the medication and that they feel you are safe to operate a commercial motor vehicle while taking any of the above substances.  If  you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for more help.

5. Loss or impairement of an arm or limb that interferes
with commercial driving or tasks related to driving,
unless accompanied by a
Skills Performance Certificate

6. A driver with a clinical diagnosis of alcoholism is disqualifying.

7. A driver with a certain medical condition(s) may disqualify or be placed on waiting periods that may require further testing.

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