Requirements for Your DOT Physical Exam

We are National Registry Certified Medical Examiners in Winter Springs, FL.

Every commercial driver is required to pass a physical examination in order to keep their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in good standing. If your Medical Certificate (Med Cert) or DOT Physical Card is about to expire, getting recertified with a clean bill of health is the only way to maintain a valid CDL.

In order to meet this requirement, you need to see a certified medical examiner who performs DOT Physicals. If you do not do this before your card expires, your license will be downgraded to non-commercial status. Downgrading will result in the loss of your commercial driving privileges and will require you to complete the knowledge and skills exams again. Read on to learn more about the DOT Medical Exam, and how to prepare yourself for the test.

DOT Exam Requirements

In 2014 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) standardized the health requirements for commercial drivers. Below are the basic components of the test.

First, you need to bring any corrective lenses with you to the exam, and you need to be ready to account for your medical history including any medications you are currently taking.

The examination itself covers the following subjects:

Height and Weight

Measure height and weight.

Vision / Color Distinction

You must have a distant acuity of at least 20/40 with or without corrective lenses. Monovision is a disqualification. You must maintain distant acuity with both eyes, and the right and left eyes individually. You must be able to distinguish between red, green, and yellow to pass the exam.

Blood Pressure

Drivers with a BP of less than 140/90 may be medically certified for a two-year period.

Tip: Smoking cigarettes, caffeine and energy drinks can cause a rise in blood pressure. Please avoid these and drink water to hydrate yourself within one hour of your exam to ensure an accurate reading. This will also help with your urinalysis test.

Hearing

Drivers will be given a "forced whisper" test, in which you must be able to hear a forced whisper from at least five feet away. The use of a hearing aid is allowed during this test.

Cardiovascular

If you have had any recent cardiovascular events, you will need to be cleared by a cardiologist prior to seeking a DOT Physical Exam. We will look for common heart conditions when performing this portion of the examination.

Medications

Certain medications may disqualify you from passing if they are known to impair cognitive or physical performance. In some cases, the prescribing doctor can write that you are safe to be a commercial driver while taking medication.

Urinalysis

The urinalysis portion of this test checks kidney function.

*** Drug testing is not required by the FMCSA but may be performed if required by your employer. Please notify us if this is the case, and we will factor this into your urinalysis test.

Physical Endurance

Commercial driving is very demanding, physically, and will require you to sit, steer, and maintain concentration for long periods of time. Drivers must be able to climb in and out of cabs, couple and uncouple trailers, climb ladders, tarp, and inspect both the vehicle and its cargo.

We will consider any medical conditions, surgeries, or limits to range of motion that may affect your ability to perform these tasks.

How long will I be medically certified to drive?

If you meet all of the FMCSA standards, a Medical Certificate (DOT Medical Card) may be issued for a 2 year period.

If periodic monitoring is required for a certain condition, your certificate may be issued for a period of 1 year, 6 months, 3 months or another limited time period.

Why Choose Winter Springs Spine & Wellness for a CDL Physical Exam?

At Winter Springs Spine & Wellness, we understand what it means to be a commercial driver. And we know the last thing you want to do is spend hours waiting to renew your medical card. Rest assured, our top priority is to make the process as streamlined as possible, which is why we strive to have you in and out in under an hour.

  • We Take Same-Day Appointments, Walk-Ins Welcome
  • Same-Day Exam Reporting & Laminated Card
  • Competitive Pricing, Short Wait Times

Call our Winter Springs, FL office today to schedule your exam!