Commercial Driver Medical Certification

We are Your DOT Certified Medical Examiner
Dot commercial driver medical certification

The Federal Government and most states require physical examinations for operating commercial vehicles. The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. All commercial drivers whose current medical certificate expires on or after May 21, 2014, at expiration of that certificate must be examined by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Only medical examiners that have completed training and successfully passed a test on FMCSA’s physical qualification standards will be listed on the National Registry.

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Preventive PLUS is a certified medical examiner

From May 2014, interstate commercial vehicle (CMV) drivers will no longer be able to obtain a valid medical certificate from any healthcare provider. Certified Medical Examiners (MEs) listed on FMCSA’s National Registry are the only ones authorized to perform CMV driver examinations.

Medical examiners at Preventive PLUS have undergone extensive training and are FMCSA-certified to conduct CMV driver examinations.

Dot physical examinations / medical certificates

The FMCSA / US Department of Transportation requires most drivers to get regular physicals in-order to make sure they can drive safely. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

Does one or more of the following apply?

  • I am a for-hire Motor Carrier
  • I operate a vehicle with a GVWR, GCWR, GVW or GCW of 10,001 pounds or more
  • I operate a vehicle that is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • I operate a vehicle that is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers (including the driver), and is not used to transport passengers for compensation
  • I transport hazardous materials requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under 49 CFR, subtitle B, chapter I, subchapter C
Dot program overview

If you meet the standards and do not require periodic medical monitoring, your certificate will be valid for two years. In some cases, the medical examiner will issue a certificate that lasts for only three months, six months, or one year. The examiner will also note whether you must wear a hearing aid or corrective lenses. If you do not meet the standards, the examiner will not be able to issue a valid medical certificate.

Once the medical examiner completes all the DOT physical requirements, you will discuss any hazards created by your health history or current medical condition. The examiner must document these hazards on your DOT physical form and determine whether you meet the standards for receiving a medical certificate.

  1. Pre-placement
  2. Periodic
  3. Re-certification
  4. Return to Duty

Review Health History for Indications
Impairment of bodily limbs
Respiratory dysfunction
Diabetes Mellitus
Heart Disease
Psychiatric / Mental Disorder
Head or Spinal Injuries
Kidney Disease
Neurological Disease
Gastrointestinal Disease
Muscular Disease

General Appearance
Lungs and Throat
Hearing (whisper)
Knee Jerks
Blood Pressure

Urinalysis-Specific Gravity, Albumin, and Sugar tests
Other tests-Radiological, Electrocardiograph and other tests as medically indicated

A copy of the physical and a signed medical certificate will be sent to the employer for distribution.