Who can conduct a DOT Physical for a CDL?

Any licensed medical examiner can complete the CDL examination. This includes medical doctors, physician assistants, chiropractors, and advanced practice nurses.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires these exams, and the DOT physicals need to be taken at least every two years. In some situations, the medical examiner may issue a certificate for less than 24 months when a condition warrants it.

You may want to bring a copy of the DOT physical form (also known as a Medical Examination Report) to the examination, in case the examiner doesn't have one to use.

The DOT medical exam helps ensure that drivers are fit to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), and helps keep our roadways safe.

Visitor Comments

  • Posted by Anonymous on October 7th, 2010

    CDL/DOT Medical Exam for DMV CDL/DOT DMV medical requirements for commercial drivers. To drive in intrastate or interstate commerce, you must have passed a CDL medical examination, within the past 2 years, in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, as defined in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Medical Examination Report. Acceptable proof of examination for the Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a fully completed Medical Examiners Certificate Form 649-F (6045). A medical examiner will need to complete the FMCSA Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination as well as the certificate at the end of the packet.  

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