For commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, obtaining a DOT medical card is critical to getting and keeping your commercial drivers license. A DOT medical card is administered only after a certified medical examiner has evaluated a driver and deemed him/her healthy enough to perform the job.
Not Sure About the DOT Medical Card Requirements? FastMed Breaks Them Down For You:
There are numerous medical requirements that a CMV driver must meet in order to pass his/her DOT physical and be eligible for a DOT medical card. Some of these requirements typically include:
- Regular blood pressure
- A negative blood test
- Unimpaired hearing
- Adequate vision
- Healthy blood sugar levels
- Regular pulse rate
Where Can I Get a DOT Physical?
According to the FMCSA, DOT physicals should be performed by a certified medical examiner who is on the FMCSA National Registry. FastMed has certified medical examiners on site to perform DOT physicals 7 days a week
What else should I know about the DOT medical card requirements?
- Most CMV drivers are required to pass a DOT physical every two years to maintain their DOT medical cards
- A medical examiner may evaluate a driver’s current alcohol level during the DOT physical. Sometimes, drivers with a history of alcoholism are ineligible for a DOT medical card. Check with your provider if you have questions.
- A medical examiner may look at your medical history to determine if you are fit to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely. Some preexisting conditions like sleep apnea, diabetes, and narcolepsy could make getting your DOT medical card difficult. As always, check with a qualified medical professional for more information.
FastMed Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic available 7 days a week. Our healthcare professionals offer DOT physicals, occupational health services, vaccines, preventive care and more. Check out our website to find locations near you!