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DOT Medical Exam and Commercial Motor Vehicle Certification

What is a DOT Physical?
A DOT physical is a checkup that's required for commercial vehicle drivers by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

This exam makes sure you're able to meet the physical requirements of your job. This includes being able to tolerate the health risks posed by sitting for long periods of time.

What is a DOT physical used for?
They are used to determine your physical health and ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle. These determinations ensure that you are medically qualified to handle the physical and emotional stress of operating commercial vehicles, under all types of conditions.

DOT physicals are required to obtain a commercial driver's license.

DOT physicals are required for drivers who:
• transport hazardous materials that require their vehicles to display a hazmat placard
• are paid to operate motor vehicles that carry more than eight people
• operate motor vehicles that carry more than 15 people
• operate motor vehicles that have a gross combination weight rating of over 10,000 pounds

A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months. The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner's certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.

If the medical examiner finds that the person, he/she examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the medical examiner will furnish one copy of the results to the person who was examined and complete a Medical Examiner's Certificate.

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