$65.00 DOT Physical Examination: www.usdotmedicalexaminer.com
After you complete and sign your medical history form or "long form" a.k.a (Medical Examination Report For Commercial Driver Fitness Determination), a complete physical examination will be performed by your certified medical doctor as per requirements of The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
What are the qualifications for commercial driving?
See link: Commercial Driver Fitness Determination and Top Tips To Pepare For Your DOT Medical Exam
Is Your DOT Physical Examination Stressing You Out?
Summary of physical requirements:
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.
You Must perceive a forced whisper voice at 5 feet or more with or without hearing aid. Otherwise, you must undergo a formal hearing test with an audiometer and pass.
Driver qualified if less than or equal to
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 and also on your medical examiner's discretion.
What Medical Conditions Can Disqualify a Driver?
1. History of epillepsy (seizure disorder). *(Please see following link for recent: FMCSA exemptions from eppilepsy and seizure disorders
2. Diabetes requiring the use of insulin( unless you have an exemption issued by the Federal government).
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.
* (Please see the following link regarding: FMCSA exemptions given from the Hearing Standards):
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.
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.
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 Evaluation (SPE) Certificate.
6. A driver with a history of alcoholism is disqualifying.
Be prepared and know your medical history.
For more information on other medical conditions affecting commercial drivers see: FMCSA Medical Examiner's Handbook.
Posted On 2010-05-11 13:08:54
Like it or not, passing your DOT physical exam is as much a part of the job as maintaining a license to operate bus, truck, limo, taxi or any other kind of vehicle.
Do yourself a favor and be prepared for your next DOT physical. Here are some obvious, (some less so than others), but very important tips that will help you get this out of the way so you can get to work!
• If you use eyeglasses or or wear a hearing aid bring them with you.
• Bring a list of the current medications you take and also bring the name and contact number of the doctor who prescribed the medication to you.
• When you fill out the
• Supply the medical examiner with medical records for any conditions you have such as diabetes, cardiac disease, sleep disorders , neurological conditions etc. Before we can complete your DOT exam, we may need to review any diagnostic studies you had in the past such as for sleep apnea, exercise stress test or echocardiogram after you had a heart attack, and also obtain a clearance letter from your treating doctor. If you take certain medications for pain, psychiatric conditions, attention deficit disorder, or smoking cessation for example, we would need a letter from your treating doctor as well.
Should you require a DOT physical examination, we are located in the area in College Point, Queens. Same day appointments are usually available. $65.00
For appointments or more information, please call 718-701-5949.
Blog was: (*Edited and reposted on 10/2013).