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DOT Physical Examination
The following information is an attempt to take the "stress" out of getting your DOT medical certificate.
If you meet all standards and requirements, you should be done with the appointment and have your Medical Certificate in about 30 min.
As you may be aware, the Medical Examiner's role is to determine whether the CMV drivers health and physical ability meets the FMCSA standards. The FMCSA’s Mission Statement is focused on reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.
Read more about our DOT Physicals and Dr. Kleefeld's experience on our DOT Physical blog.
Would You Need to Bring to the Physical Examination Appointment
State issued photo ID
- The ability to provide a urine specimen
- If you need to wear contact lenses or glasses bring them with you
- If you need to use a hearing aid, bring your working hearing aid
- If you have a Waiver, SPE, or an Exemption for vision or diabetes, bring it
Bring Information/Documentation for the Following Medical Conditions:
Illness or injury within the last 5 years
- Head/brain injuries, disorders or illnesses
- Seizures, epilepsy
- Eye disorders or impairment (except corrective lenses)
- Ear disorders, loss of hearing or balance
- Heart disease or heart attack; other cardiovascular conditions
- Heart surgery (valve replacement/bypass, angioplasty, or pacemaker
- High blood pressure
- Muscle disease
- Shortness of breath
- Lung disease, emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis
- Kidney disease, dialysis
- Liver disease
- Digestive problems
- Diabetes or elevated blood sugar controlled by diet or pills or insulin
- Nervous or psychiatric disorders including severe depression
- Loss of or altered consciousness
- Fainting, dizziness
- Sleep disorders, pauses in breathing while asleep, daytime sleepiness
- Stroke or paralysis
- Missing or impaired hand, arm, foot, leg, finger, toe
- Spinal injury or disease
- Regular, frequent alcohol use
- Narcotic or habit forming drug use
If you answered "Yes" to any of the above conditions, you need to bring the following information with you.
What was nature of illness or injury? (Diagnosis)
- When did the illness or injury occur?
- By whom was it treated?
- Any current limitations?
- List all medications used regularly or recently. Include over-the-counter medications and supplements.
If possible obtain a "Medical Release Opinion" letter from your treating physician stating:
Your name and date of birth
- Date of last office visit
- Diagnosis, and date of onset of condition
- Course of treatment
- Has treatment been adequate and effective?
- Is the condition stable for the patient to return to work as commercial driver at this time
I have attempted to keep this document short and informative by covering the basics of the DOT Physical Examination and the standards and requirements for the issuance of a DOT Medical Certificate.
Larry J. Kleefeld D.C. DOT Medical Examiner