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DOT Physical Requirements
UNDERSTANDING DOT PHYSICALs
A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a health examination mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. A DOT physical helps determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a CMV.
If you are a commercial driver, you are a “safety-sensitive” employee. And for your safety and the public’s safety, FMCSA requires you to complete and pass a DOT physical to maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL).
During a DOT physical, a certified medical examiner (CME) will check your vital signs, review your medical history, and perform a required hands-on physical examination that includes (but is not limited to):
Mouth and throat
Lungs and chest
Back and spine
The CME will issue you a medical examiner’s certificate (MEC) – also called a DOT medical card – when you meet the DOT physical requirements. Without a valid DOT medical card, you can lose your CDL.
Drivers with undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea endanger their own lives and the lives of others on the road. Concentra’s certified medical examiners are licensed health care professionals who have completed a rigorous training program and passed the FMCSA’s certification exam, which qualifies them to perform DOT physicals. Physicians who are not certified CMEs may not be aware of these criteria and may not be qualified to make recommendations that supersede those given by a CME. If a sleep apnea study is ordered, remember that your safety is the driving factor behind that order.
You are required to complete and pass a DOT physical if you:
Operate a motor vehicle for interstate commerce with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds
Operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people
Are paid to operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than eight people
Transport hazardous materials that required your vehicle to be placarded
Getting your DOT Physical Has Never Been Easier
You must pass all DOT physical requirements to be cleared for your DOT health card. Here’s how the process works:
Step 1: schedule Exam
Contact your nearby Concentra to schedule your DOT physical. We also accept walk-ins.
step 2: get your physical
The DOT examination will include a health history review, a thorough physical exam captured in an online version of the Medical Examination Report, and a urine test for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination.
Step 3: Medical Exam Report
Upon exam completion, your results will be reported electronically to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). Certified drivers will receive a copy of the Medical Examiner's Certificate.
GET A DOT PHYSICAL NEAR You
Because there are so many regulations for commercial drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) only allows certified medical examiners (CMEs) to perform DOT physicals. Luckily, Concentra has made it easy to find a CME who can perform DOT physicals near you. Every Concentra medical center has at least one CME on staff, and with more than 500 medical centers nationwide, we’re confident you will find a Concentra medical center nearby.