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Overview //

On May 21, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandated that all interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must have their physical qualification examination completed by a certified medical examiner, who listed on the national registry. This change was necessary to ensure that medical examiner's knew how FMCSA medical regulations applied to CMV drivers.

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The Examination //

Written health history

Upon arrival at our office you will be given forms (MCSA-5875) to fill out that will outline

written health history part of DOT exam

your demographics and your medical health history.

Physical examination

The FMCSA mandates that drivers must meet specific criteria in order to qualify for a two year certificate. 

  • Vision test of at least 20/40 in both eyes (with or with correction

  • Minimum of 70 degree peripheral vision

  • Correctly identify green, amber, red color

  • Whisper test at a minimum of 5 feet in the better ear or additional test will be neccesary

  • Blood pressure below 140/90

  • Pass urine screening for blood, glucose, protein, and specific gravity

A complete physical examination will be completed to screen for additional medical conditions that the driver may or may not be aware of. Failure to meet the above criteria may result in reduced certification time or disqualification.

Common Conditions we see

As with any profession, commercial motor vehicle driving predisposes many individuals to a variety of health conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Sleep apena

  • Obesity

  • Loss of hearing

  • Excessive Stress

  • Epilepsy

  • Back pain

A history of the above conditions does not mean disqualification; however could prompt reduced certification time and drivers should bring corresponding medical documentation from treating physicians.

checking blood pressure during DOT examination

Helpful Exam Tips //


Drivers are encourage to partake in the following activities to ensure successful completion:


  • Good nights rest prior to examination

  • Limit caffeine intake the day of examination

  • Limit tobacco and alcohol usage

  • Eat a good diet

  • Plenty of water intake

  • Bring necessary medical devices to examination (ie: corrective lens, hearing aids, etc)

  • Bring medical documentation of any underlying medical conditions (ie: diabetes, sleep apena, high blood pressure, etc)

  • Try to limit stress load 

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