The Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) physical exam is an essential medical requirement for all individuals who drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). This exam ensures that all CMV drivers are physically and mentally fit to be on the road without posing a threat to themselves or others.
All CMV drivers who operate in interstate commerce are required to have a medical certificate based on FMCSA requirements.
During the head-to-toe exam the driver will be evaluated for physical abnormalities and ability to endure the job's duties.
During the medical exam, the driver's heart rate, blood pressure, and lung sounds are measured to ensure their physical health.
The vision test checks the driver's central and peripheral vision. It also tests for the driver's color vision by measuring their ability to identify and distinguish traffic light colors.
The auditory test measures hearing loss in the driver utilizing a whisper test.
Drivers will give a urine sample which is used for a kidney screen for potential medical conditions. The urine sample is tested for blood, sugar, protein, and specific gravity.
* A drug test is NOT required for the D.O.T. physical exam. However, companies require a pre-employment drug test. So your company may request to have a drug and alcohol test done along with your D.O.T. physical. *
Drivers will receive a copy of the Medical Examiner's Certificate, along with a Medical Examination Report form for their employers and themselves on the same day as their visit.