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Do you need a FMCSA DOT CMV CDL Driver Physical Exam?

Dr. Harriott is a member of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

His DOT Physical exams are provided at his office. No waiting… just in and out.

examination equipment Driver Instructions:
  1. No Printer? No Problem! Once scheduled, your emailed appointment confirmation will have a link to submit your information from your smart phone, tablet, or any other internet connected device. That information will be input into a pre-filled FMCSA Exam Form and Certificate for your review and signature.
  2. Are you taking a medical prescription? If you have any question about whether this prescription might impact driving (and certification) play it safe and have your treating doctor complete the FMCSA Driver Medication Form MCSA-5895 and bring it with you to your appointment.
  3. Do you have a medical history of seizure? If you have a current diagnosis of epilepsy or other seizure disorder or a medical history of epilepsy (see note below regarding waiting periods), you cannot meet the federal fitness standard at the time of the exam and this non-discretionary standard will prevent you from being certified. There are waiting periods without medication and without recurrence of seizure that would allow certification. In addition, there is also an exemption process which you are look into at FMCSA Epilepsy/Seizure Exemption Page. You may be certified with a restriction that certification must include possession of an exemption letter to drive. The process of successfully getting an exemption takes about 6 months, and exemptions are issued for 2 years. Certification with an exemption restriction is limited to a maximum of 1 year.
  4. Do you have a hearing deficit such that you can’t hear a forced whisper from more than 5 feet away in both ears? If you cannot meet the hearing standard at the time of the exam, this non-discretionary standard will prevent you from being certified unless you intend to apply for a hearing exemption in which case a certification for up to one year may be issued with a restriction that you carry an exemption authorization letter. There is an exemption process which you may look into at FMCSA Hearing Exemption Page.
  5. Do you have a history of high blood pressure readings? Read the article I wrote on the subject DOT Physical Blood Pressure Hacks and look for the DOT Physical Requirements section below for more details, but you have to test lower than 140/90 to get certified. So avoid stimulating foods like coffee before your exam. This is another non-discretionary standard and you must test lower than 140/90 at the time of the exam in order to be certified.
  6. Do you require eyeglasses to pass the vision requirement? If you have had any vision changes since your last certification or if you need glasses to pass, be sure you bring a pair of glasses or corrective lenses that will allow you to see at least 20/40. Read the DOT Physical Requirements section below for more details. If you cannot meet the vision standard at the time of the exam, this non-discretionary standard will prevent you from being certified. If you only meet the vision standard in one eye, you may have a Vision Evaluation Report MCSA-5871 completed by an eye doctor to bring to a subsequent DOT examination (must be within 45 calendar days of the signature of the Vision Evaluation Report) and you may be certified for up to 1 year.
  7. Are you under treatment for obstructive sleep apnea or suspect you might have sleep apnea but aren’t being treated? If you have any reason to suspect you might have this condition, be sure to rule it out because it has the potential of creating severe health problems for you. If you are diagnosed as having sleep apnea, you must provide a compliance report to show that you are compliant with the prescribed CPAP therapy. Compliance means documentable therapy no less than 4 hours per night for no fewer than 70% of the days per month (approximately 5 days per week) throughout the prior year.
  8. Do you take insulin? You are required to bring a completed Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus Form MCSA-5870, completed by your treating doctor within the previous 45 calendar days to your certification exam appointment. With the form MCSA-5870, if you meet the modified standard, the examiner may certify you for up to 1 year.
  9. Do you have heart disease? You must provide a stress test and a physician release (within the previous 12 months) to your physical exam. Read the DOT Physical Requirements section below for more details.
  10. Schedule by clicking the Schedule Appointment link from the website header or call the numbe below. If you have any problems, questions or concerns – CALL.

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Alphabet Soup!!

DOT – Department of Transportation FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration NRCME – National Registry of Cerified Medical Examiners CDL – Commercial Driver License CMV – Commercial Motor Vehicle

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has an internal organization called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which maintains a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) who are certified as qualifed to perform physical examinations which commercial driver license (CDL) holders need to pass to ensure they are fit to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).” Basic Qualifications for a Commercial Driver License:
  • Minimum age of 21 years old to drive interstate
  • Ability to read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, understand highway traffic signs & signals in the English language, respond to official inquiries, and to make entries on reports and records.
  • Can safely operate the type of commercial motor vehicle he/she drives
  • Only one valid commercial driver’s license, from one state or jurisdiction can be held at any one time.
  • License cannot be suspended, cancelled or revoked and the licensee is not disqualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle under the rules in §391.15.
  • Successfully completed a driver’s road test and has been issued a certificate of driver’s road test in accordance with §391.31, or has presented an operator’s license or a certificate of road test which the motor carrier that employs you has accepted as equivalent to a road test in accordance with §391.33.
  • Provided the motor carrier that employs him/her with the list of violations or the certificate as required by §391.27
  • Is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with Subpart E — Physical Qualifications and Examinations of 49 CFR 391 – See DOT Physical Requirements below.
DOT Physical Requirements: A qualified doctor, certified and listed in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, will provide you a “Medical Examiner’s Certificate” provided you meet the medical guidelines the Department of Transportation has established. These requirements have been developed to ensure that those driving commercial motor vehicles are not likely to experience an unanticipated medical event that will compromise the driver’s ability to safely drive the vehicle. To help you understand the requirements, we have highlighted some of the major conditions below. Please consult the FMCSA website at for further information.
  • Vision: Better than or correctable to 20/40 in each eye and in both eyes together. Glasses or contact lenses are acceptable to correct a driver’s vision. As of March 2022, the vision waiver program has been retired. Drivers whose vision can only be lens corrected in one eye sufficient to meet the federal standard (i.e. monocular vision) can now be certified upon completion of FMCSA Vision Evaluation Report Form MCSA-5871
  • Hearing: At least one ear must have a verifiable loss of hearing equal or less than 40 dB.
  • Blood Pressure: Normal blood pressure is considered, for this exam, to be less than 140/90.In excess of 140/90, driver be certified for one year, on a one-time basis only. If returning to renew a one year certification, untreated blood pressure equal to or higher than 140/90 will disqualify the driver.In excess of 160/100, driver under treatment for high blood pressure may, at the discretion of the screening doctor, be certified for 3 months, on a one-time basis. If returning to renew a 3-month certification, a reading of 140/90 or above will disqualify the driver.In excess of 180/110, driver will be disqualifed and referred to his or her treating doctor for follow-up.
  • If you have a current diagnosis of cardiac insufficiency, collapse, congestive cardiac failure or any other cardiovascular disease you will be required to provide the Medical Examiner with a stress test (needs to be performed within the last 12 months) along with a release from your physician stating that you can drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions.
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