CDL Exams Specialist

Dan G. Alexander, MD -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Dan G. Alexander, MD

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Burgettstown, PA

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.

CDL Exams

Why does the Department of Transportation require a physical exam?

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.

What happens during a CDL exam?

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.

What is required to pass a CDL exam?

The primary requirements to pass a DOT physical exam include:

  • 20/40 vision in both eyes (corrective lenses are permitted)
  • Ability to hear a forced whisper at a distance of at least five feet
  • Blood sugar of 200 mg/dL or less
  • Maximum blood pressure of 160/100 with or without medication
  • No use of a schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic, or any habit forming drug or medication

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.

How often do I need to have CDL exams?

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.