DOT Physical Examination
DOT Physical Examination
United States Department of Transportation
Accredited Drug Testing provides DOT Physicals at testing/examination centers in all cities Nationwide for all DOT modes including, FMCSA, USCG, FAA, FRA, PHMSA and FTA. Our DOT Physical examinations include all agency requirements including vision, hearing, health history and other agency specific requirments. Most examination locations are within minutes of your home or office and same day scheduling is available. All examinations are conducted by DOT certified medical examiners.
Three are 3 DOT modal agencies that have established medical standards programs. These agencies are the FAA, the FMCSA, and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), which is now a part of the Department of Homeland Security. Listed below is provided a brief summary of each DOT agency requirements.
DOT Physical Examinations By Mode
FMCSA- The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all drivers holding a CDL license must have a DOT physical, complete a medical examination report and successfully complete all requirements of the DOT physical to be issued a CDL medical card. A DOT physical exam must be performed by a licensed medical examiner which can be found listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's National Registry. Licensed medical examiners who are eligible to conduct the physical include Doctors of medicine (MD), Doctors of Osteopathy (DO), Physician Assistants (PA), Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) and Doctors of Chiropractic (DC). A DOT physical may be valid for up to 24 months and the medical examiner may also issue a medical certificate for less than 24 months when it is necessary to monitor a condition such as high blood pressure or other qualifying medical conditions.
Commercial drivers (CDL Operators) who operate vehicles meeting the following definition of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) must comply with the medical qualification requirements. The definition of a CMV for purposes of the medical programs is the following: “A self-propelled or towed vehicle used on the highways in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property, if the vehicle--
- Has a gross
vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of at least 10,001
pounds, whichever is greater;
- Is designed or
used to transport 9 to 15 passengers (including the driver) for direct compensation operated
beyond a 75 air-mile radius (86.3 statute miles or 138.9
kilometers) from the driver's normal work reporting location,
- Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or
- Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under section 5103 of this title and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under section 5103.”
Frequency of Examination
CDL Drivers are required
to be medically qualified at least every 2 years. Drivers who are operating under a
waiver/exemption must be examined annually. Furthermore, the medical examiner may determine that the medical
qualification should be valid for less than 2 years if the driver has a medical condition that would
not disqualify but would require closer follow-up. FMCSA has issued guidelines which suggest that driver's with certain medical conditions such as hypertension, and cardiovascular
disease or on an anticoagulant should be examined more frequently. “Any driver
whose ability to perform his/her normal duties has been impaired by a physical or mental injury or disease” must undergo a medical certification examination. Motor carriers are responsible for
ensuring that only drivers who are medically qualified are operating commercial vehicles.
Hearing, vision and color vision requirements will apply only to engineers and remote control operators. The standards/requirements relating to the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications impact those employees who may perform service/duties which are subject to the Hours of Service Law.
Safety-sensitive employees such as engineers and remote control operators are required by the federal regulations to undergo the vision, hearing, and color vision evaluation every 3 years. This interval is consistent with that for engineer re-certification.
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DOT Physical Examination
Federal Law and DOT regulations state that any “covered employee” such as a CDL driver must possess a valid medical card demonstrating that they have successfully passed a DOT Physical examination and complied with all other requirements of DOT regulation part 40 to be eligible to drive.
Accredited Drug Testing, Inc. can schedule your DOT or non DOT physical examination at a location close to you, insure that all required documentation is completed and that you are issued a CDL medical card upon successfully passing the exam.
Recommended items to bring to your DOT physical:
- Eye glasses (bring prescription)
- List of medications
- Clearance letters or physician related documentation
Persons should also be prepared to discuss with the FMCSA certified examiner your health history including past or recent illnesses or other information related to your physical exam.
NON DOT Physicals/Examinations
Accredited Drug Testing, Inc. can also provide through our nationwide testing locations and affiliated medical facilities non DOT physicals for job fitness, return to duty and follow up.