DOT Physical Requirements

DOT Physical Requirements 2019-06-10T14:01:12+00:00

DOT Physical Requirements

If you are applying CDL A Permit must be able to pass a DOT Physical. Once you have passed your CDL A Exam and hold your CDL A License, you will be required to maintain an up-to-date DOT Physical for the lifetime of your CDL License.

Many carriers will require you to pass a new DOT Physical when you go to work for them, regardless if you have a current physical or not.

All drivers:

  • List of any medications. Include doses and doctor information.
  • If you have time, complete one page of the exam (driver’s portion) to save time at the physician’s office.

If you require corrective vision or hearing aids:

  • Bring your eyeglasses, contacts or hearing aids.
  • You will be required to pass a vision and hearing test.

If you have high blood pressure:

  • Your blood pressure must be below 140/90 on the day of your exam to qualify for a 1-year certificate.
  • Blood pressure requirements:  
    • 140-159 / 90-99 = 1 yr certificate
    • 160-179 / 100-109 = 3 mo temp certificate (At examiners discretion)
    • >180 / 110 = Disqualifying

If you have diabetes:

  • Your blood sugar should be controlled.
  • Bring the most recent results from your Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC) and your blood sugar logs or other records related to your diabetes.
  • Oral medications are allowed.  Insulin injections require completion of MCSA-5870 form by treating physician within 45 days of DOT physical. 

If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP:

  • Bring recent readings from your machine documenting proper use of your machine. You may need a letter from your sleep specialist.
  • You will be required to complete an annual sleep study.
  • Bring at least 90 days of data. Date from the past year is best.

If you have heart related issues:

  • You may be required to supply a letter from your cardiologist outlining your medical history and indicating you are safe to operate a DOT vehicle.
  • You may be required to complete an annual stress test.
  • You may also need to bring results from a recent stress test or other heart testing from the past 1-2 years.

If you have suffered from a stroke, brain tumor, seizure disorder or bleeding in the brain:

  • Bring a letter from your neurologist that outlines your medical history and indicating you are safe to operate a DOT

If you have experienced the permanent loss of use in an arm or leg:

  • Bring a letter from your physician of the injury and if you have any work restrictions due to the injury.
  • You may be required to take a Skills Performance Exam (SPE) in order to qualify for your DOT Med Card.

If you are taking any medication that may cause sedation or sleepiness or taking a controlled substance (narcotics, sleeping pills, anxiety medication, ADHD medication)

  • You mill more than likely need a note indicating you are safe to operate a DOT Vehicle and medical record from your treating physician.

If you are taking a blood thinner

  • Bring a recent INR (blood lever and clearance) letter from your doctor

Other possible factors:

Other conditions that could potentially prevent you from obtaining the required DOT Physical include: loss of limb, recent major surgery or a current hernia.

If you have questions or concerns about meeting your DOT Physical requirements, contact your physician prior to school.

DOT Drug Screen

In addition to meeting the requirements of the DOT Physical, you will take a DOT Drug Screen on your first day of class.

When you go to work for a trucking company, you will again be required to pass a DOT Drug Screen. As a driver, you will also be subject to random drug testing by your carrier of employment.

The drug screen can detect small traces of illegal drug use including:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Opiates
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)

In addition, the DOT requires trucking companies and training centers to administer random drug and alcohol screenings for all CDL-licensed and CDL-permitted drivers throughout the driver’s employment.