Federal law requires drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to receive regular physical examinations, referred to as Department of Transportation Medical Examinations, or DOT for short. There are many issues that can impact a driver’s ability to safely spend the often-required long hours on the road, which can include mental, emotional and physical concerns. DOT physicals are designed to detect these concerns. Due to the extensive regulations for commercial drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) only allows certified medical examiners (CMEs) to perform DOT exams.
What to Expect During Your Exam
A DOT exam will include an evaluation of vision, hearing, blood pressure/pulse rate, and overall physical ability. It will also test for illegal drugs. If you take any medications, please bring a complete list to the exam, including the doses and doctors’ information. If you require corrective vision or hearing, you will need to bring your eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids. If you suffer from any other medical condition, please bring that information as well. You do not need to abstain from eating prior to your exam.