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FAQ and Requirements
Who must have a DOT Physical Examination?
Anyone who owns or leases commercial motor vehicles
Anyone who assigns drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles
For-Hire Motor Carriers
Private Motor Carriers
16 passenger van drivers for civic groups and churches
I have health issues. Will I pass my DOT examination?
In many cases, the answer is YES, as long as your health problems are controlled. Here are a few of the most common situations we see:
- Drivers on Medication: Bring a complete list of ALL of your medications, including the doses and your doctors’ names and address
- Drivers who require eyeglasses, contact lenses, or hearing aids: Bring your glasses, contacts, or hearing aids. You will be required to pass a vision and hearing test
- Drivers who have diabetes: Your blood sugar should be controlled and bring the most recent results of a lab test called a Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC)
- Drivers who have nighttime sleep disturbance (sleep apnea) and use a CPAP machine: Bring a reading from your machine documenting your proper use of the machine; a letter from your sleep specialist may also be required. Bring at least 90 days of data, but data from the past year is best
- Drivers who have heart-related issues, (including the use of stent, valve replacement, pacemaker, open-heart surgery, cardiac bypass surgery, or heart attack): At minimum, bring a letter from your cardiologist (heart specialist) that outlines your medical history and current medications and indicates you are safe to drive a DOT vehicle. You may also need to bring the results of a recent stress test, ECHO cardiogram, or other testing completed within the past 1-2 years
- Drivers who have suffered a stroke, a brain tumor, seizure disorder, or bleeding in the brain: Bring a letter from your neurologist (brain and nerve specialist) that outlines your medical history, current medications, and current neurological and psychiatric state
- Drivers who have experienced the permanent loss of use in an arm or a leg: Bring an overview from your physician of the injury and if you have any work restrictions due to the injury. You may need a Skilled Performance Examination in order to qualify for your DOT card
- Drivers who are taking any medications that may cause sedation or sleepiness or controlled substances (includes narcotics, sleeping pills, anxiety medication, ADHD medication): You will most likely need a note and medical records from your treating physician regarding the safety of driving a DOT vehicle while using these medications
- Drivers who are taking the blood thinner Coumadin (Warfarin): Bring a recent INR (blood level and clearance) letter from your doctor
The above are guidelines only, and not meant to be all inclusive or as a guarantee of passing the exam. Additional testing or/information may be required by your DOT examiner.
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