DOT And CDL Physicals

Arundel Medical Group, Inc.

Primary Care Practice & Chiropractor located in Glen Burnie, MD

If you’re applying or renewing a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you must obtain a valid medical certificate. The experienced physicians at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. are certified by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to perform CDL physicals that comply with all DOT requirements. To learn more about CDL physicals or to schedule an appointment, call the office in Glen Burnie, Maryland, or request an appointment online today.

DOT and CDL Physicals Q & A

What is a DOT/CDL physical?

The Department of Transportation requires that all commercial drivers pass a physical examination to determine that they can safely perform all the duties required to drive a commercial vehicle. This ensures both your safety and that of other drivers and passengers on the road. Once your CDL medical certificate has been issued, you must carry it with you whenever you drive a commercial vehicle.

To obtain your medical certificate, you must fill out the application form provided by the DOT and bring it with you to your physical exam. Medical certificates are typically valid for 24 months, but your physician may issue a certificate that expires sooner if you have a medical condition that requires monitoring.

What is required to pass the CDL/DOT physical exam?

To complete your medical certificate, you must demonstrate that you’re physically and mentally able to operate a commercial vehicle safely. To pass your physical exam, you must demonstrate:

  • Ability to hear a forced whisper from a distance of five feet
  • At least 20/40 vision in both eyes (corrective lenses allowed)
  • Ability to distinguish colors
  • Blood pressure of 140/90 or lower (oral medications allowed)
  • Physical endurance and cardiovascular health

You must also demonstrate that you have no disqualifying mental or physical health conditions. Diabetes controlled by oral medication isn’t a disqualifying condition, but you may be disqualified if you require insulin injections to manage your diabetes.

What happens during a CDL physical exam?

Your DOT physical exam is similar to your annual physical. Your experienced physician first reviews your application and your medical history. They discuss any symptoms or health concerns with you, and they also ask questions that help them assess your physical abilities and your mental health.

Next, your provider performs a comprehensive physical examination, which includes an evaluation of the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate 
  • Ears, nose, and throat
  • Cardiovascular function

Your physician also checks your hearing and vision and your ability to see colors. If you have passed all the requirements, your doctor issues your medical certificate that day.

For more information or to schedule a CDL/DOT physical, call Arundel Medical Group, Inc. today, or request an appointment online.