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The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all applicants to complete a comprehensive physical exam in order to qualify for and obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). This exam ensures that you are healthy and physically fit enough to operate a commercial vehicle without risk of injury to yourself or others.
The examiner will review your health history and ask you to list the medications you take on a regular basis. During your DOT physical, the examiner will check your as well as performing a neurological exam and hernia check.
- Blood pressure
- Vision and eyes
- Throat, mouth, and ears
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CDL or DOT Physical?
– A CDL or DOT Physical is a test to assess general health as well as mental and emotional fitness for the demands of professional driving.
How often do I need a CDL or DOT Physical?
– A commercial driver, which includes CDL and non-CDL drivers alike, must be medically certified at least once every 24 months.
What are the requirements to pass a CDL or DOT physical?
– The requirement to pass includes adequate vision, color distinction, blood pressure, hearing, cardiovascular health, medication review and more.
What is the difference between CDL or DOT Physicals?
– The two are the same process from a physical perspective as the purposes are similar. The difference being that a Commercial Drivers License is a wide range of vehicles while DOT is specific to larger commercial vehicles.