The Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination is required to be conducted by a licensed medical examiner. The physical is conducted to determine if a driver is medically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle for interstate commerce. At It’s About Time Urgent Care, our providers have received the necessary education and passed the national certification requirements to perform DOT physicals meeting federal regulations.
The examiner qualifies the driver in accordance to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and issues a “medical examiner’s certificate.” A driver can only operate a commercial vehicle if he or she has been certified as being physically qualified to do so, and while on-duty carries a copy of the current “medical examiner’s certificate.”
A qualified driver is certified for a maximum of two years at a time, after which the individual may come in for re-certification. It is best to begin the re-certification process at least one month prior to the current certificate expiration date to avoid a lapse in certification in the event there is a new medical condition that needs to be further investigated.
Some medical conditions strictly preclude a two year certificate because they can impair the safe operation of a commercial vehicle. These conditions include epilepsy, diabetes, limb impairment, hypertension, cardiovascular conditions, respiratory dysfunction, mental disorders, alcohol/substance abuse, and visual/hearing impairments. These conditions are either completely disqualifying or require issuance for a shorter duration certificate with periodic monitoring of the medical condition(s). Qualification for some medical conditions may require a review of your records from your treating provider, letters of clearance, or further evaluation from your primary care provider.