IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION: FMCSA waiver only relieves state licensing authorities of compliance. In the case of California, the DOT medical requirements dictated in FMCSA’s 49CFR 391.41 were incorporated into California State Law. When the FMCSA issued the first COVID emergency waiver, which expires on 6/30/20, the DMV simultaneously waived license renewal requirements for the same period and Gavin Newsom issued an executive order for the same period which suspended the CA law requiring medical certification renewals.
As of 6/23/2020 writing of this clarification, while the FMCSA has renewed its waiver, I have not seen any action by the CA DMV or by Gavin Newsom to match this action. Keep your eyes out for new executive orders, but this office is available to perform medical exams.
Attention Commercial Drivers: Regarding FMCSA COVID-19 RESPONSE Waivers
COMPLETE EXAM w/ CERTIFICATE - $80
NRCME – National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner #6173002035
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.
- No Printer? No Problem! Your part of the form is short enough to complete in the office.
- 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 CMV Driver Medication Form, MCSA-5895 and bring it. Allowable use of medications varies based on the known side effects and their potential to affect your ability to drive safely. Please see your physician, contact your local DOT office, or visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
- Do you have a history of high blood pressure readings? Read 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 and if you are being treated for high blood pressure, you should consider timing a periodic treating doctor checkup to precede your DOT exam to avoid any surprises or delays.
- 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.
- Are you under treatment or suspect you have sleep apnea? 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 treating doctor report to the NRCME examiner that confirms 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 in the prior year.
- Do you take insulin? You are required to bring a completed form MCSA-5870 FMCSA Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus Assessment Form MCSA-5870, completed by your treating doctor within the previous 45 calendar days to your certification exam appointment.
- 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.
- 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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– Appointments are scheduled on a first call / first served basis.
– If you would like to request an exam outside of available hours, including evenings or weekends, please call as those appointments will not be available online.
– On-site appointments are available at commercial locations for multiple drivers on the same date.
– The fee for a DOT Physical Exam is $80 per driver*. (Includes Medical History, Examination, Urinalysis and Forms/Records).
– To submit any needed follow-up documentation after the exam, you may fax to our office fax number or you may submit via the patient portal which will be set up within 24 hours of your exam. The secure fax line is 916-415-1792.
*Fee is charged for the doctor’s time without respect to the result of the examination. Fees are due prior to exam being performed and are non-refundable.
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 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.
- 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.
Learn More about requirements dictated by the Department of Motor Vehicles: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/dl_info#dl51medical
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