Our physicians are fully qualified and licensed to perform physical exams for the Department of Transportation. This physical examination along with the required urine test is necessary for anyone looking to qualify for a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Once complete, we can fill out and sign the medical certification you need to get, and/or keep a job driving commercial vehicles.
What is a DMV exam?
The DMV exam, sometimes called the DOT (Department of Transportation) physical, is a medical examination required to obtain a commercial driver’s license. In other words, if you want to pursue or continue working as a professional driver of any kind, you need this periodic exam to get CDL medical card and keep it active. CDL licenses are required for truck and bus drivers and other jobs that put you behind the wheel for a living.
What can cause you to fail the exam?
There are medical restrictions that can keep you from obtaining a CDL license and it is a federal mandate that you must pass the medical exam to qualify. There are numerous conditions that may cause you to fail your DOT physical but there are exceptions available for hearing impairment, controlled diabetes and other medical problems. Even if you have some medical issues, you may still qualify for at least a modified CDL.
What are the medical restrictions?
The basic requirements to pass the DOT physical are federally designated, so each state follows the same rules. They include:
- Eye test: Having at least 20/40 vision with or without corrective lenses
- You cannot be color blind
- Hearing test: Able to hear a whisper at a distance of five feet
- BP levels must be below 160/100
- Diabetes: No insulin-reliant diabetes requiring regular insulin shots
- Blood sugar: Must be 200 or below
- You cannot test positive for a Schedule 1 drug
What happens during the exam?
A complete physical that starts with taking a medical history. The exam itself will include:
- Full vital signs: Including blood pressure
- A vision test
- Examination of the eyes, nose and throat
- Listening to the heart and lungs
- Checking for spinal deformities
- Neurological exam
- Check the abdomen
- Check for a hernia
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
What happens after the exam?
After completing the exam, we will fill out the necessary forms for the DMV and provide proof that the doctor is licensed to conduct the test. The medical certification is good for two years.