The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) requires regular physical exams to apply for and maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Dan G. Alexander M.D., a board-certified internal medicine physician in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, is certified to perform CDL exams and can issue the paperwork required by the DOT. If you’re interested in driving a commercial vehicle, or it’s time for your next DOT physical, call the office today, or make an appointment online.
The federal Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all commercial drivers regularly pass a physical examination to verify that they are physically and mentally capable of operating a commercial motor vehicle. This protects other drivers and passengers on the road as well as your safety as a commercial driver.
When Dr. Alexander performs a commercial driver’s license (CDL) exam, he reviews your health history and performs a comprehensive physical evaluation that’s similar to your annual check-up; you also need to provide a urine sample. In addition to the physical exam, Dr. Alexander asks you a series of questions which help him assess your mental health and your overall ability to perform your job as a commercial driver.
Once Dr. Alexander determines that you are physically fit to drive a commercial vehicle, he issues your official DOT medical certificate.
The primary requirements to pass a DOT physical exam include:
If you have an existing health condition, it may not disqualify you from obtaining a CDL. Diabetes that is controlled with oral medications is permitted. Some cardiovascular conditions are allowed if you can pass a stress test and you have a letter from your primary care physician stating that you can safely operate a commercial vehicle.
A few conditions will automatically prevent you from obtaining a CDL. If you’re color blind or you have diabetes that requires insulin injections or a pump to control, you’re not eligible to drive a commercial vehicle.
Once you receive your DOT medical certificate, it’s valid for 24 months. If you have a heart condition or another condition that could become worse before 24 months have passed, you may be required to schedule your next CDL exam at an earlier date to maintain a valid commercial driver’s license.
To schedule your next CDL exam, call Dan G. Alexander M.D. today, or make an appointment online.