The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates standards for a driver’s physical well-being. Commercial drivers:
- Must not drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) unless medically qualified;
- Must not drive a CMV if too ill or fatigue to drive safely;
- Must carry proof of medical certification unless such proof is contained in the CDL/CLP driving record;
- Must carry proof of any medical waiver or variance;
- Must undergo medical exams (DOT Physicals) from DOT-qualified examiners to maintain certification, both on a regular basis as well as following any injury or disease that impairs the ability to drive safely.
Anyone listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners may perform a DOT Physical for a driver. Medical examiners can be chiropractors, medical doctors, osteopaths, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses who have passed the exam, and been certified by the FMCSA. A driver’s medical certificate is valid for a maximum of 2 years.
At ARCpoint Labs of Southboro-Framingham, we have an FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner who performs DOT Physicals. Call us at 508-834-3760 to schedule an appointment before your medical card expires!
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., ed. DOT Medical Exams: The Complete Guide. Neenah: J.J. Keller & Associates, 2015. Print.