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DOT Physical CDLWhat is a DOT physical?

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is an examination to evaluate whether or not a driver is healthy enough to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

Not just any doctor can perform a DOT physical. 

A DOT Physical must be conducted by a licensed medical examiner that is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry.

Who needs a DOT physical?

 All CDL Drivers must have a DOT physical

Before applying for a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), you must pass a DOT physical, and bring the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) proof, by showing your MedCert Card (Medical Certification Card)

A CDL is required for any person that will be driving:

  • A single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier. AND/OR
  • Any vehicle as described above that is towing another vehicle weighing UP TO10,000 lbs.

There are 3 classes and 9 endorsements for your CDL

Class A

  • Tractor-trailers
  • Truck and trailer combinations
  • Tractor-trailer buses
  • Tanker vehicles
  • Livestock carriers
  • Flatbeds

Class B

  • Straight trucks
  • Large buses
    • City buses
    • Tourist buses
    • School buses
    • Segmented buses
  • Dump trucks with small trailers
  • Box trucks
    • Delivery drivers
    • Couriers
    • Furniture delivery

Class C

  • Small HAZMAT vehicles
  • Passenger vans
  • Combination vehicles not described in class A or B.
    Example: A small truck towing a trailer

Eligible Endorsements for each Class

Class C License must hold one or more of the following endorsements:

  • Hazardous Materials (H)
  • Passenger Transport (P)
  • School Bus (S) (this is an optional endorsement, not a requirement and cannot be held by itself with a Class C License)

Class B License can hold one or more of the following endorsements:

  • Hazardous Materials (H)
  • Passenger Transport (P)
  • School Bus (S)
  • Tank Vehicle (N)
  • Tanker and Hazardous Materials (X)

Class A License can hold one or more of the following endorsements:

  • Hazardous Materials (H)
  • Passenger Transport (P)
  • School Bus (S)
  • Tank Vehicle (N)
  • Tanker and Hazardous Materials (X)
  • Double/Triples (T)

Some companies require a DOT Physical for operating NON – CDL vehicles such as:

  • Small delivery trucks, vans, couriers, etc.
  • Large moving equipment, farm equipment, construction vehicles, forklift, etc.

How to Prepare

What to bring:

  • Bring your drivers’ license.
  • Bring a list of your current medications, as well as the name and phone number of the doctor who prescribed them.
  • Do you wear eye glasses, contact lenses, hearing aid? Bring them with you!

lab TestsWhat to expect:

  • A review of your Medical history
  • A physical exam including:
    • Vision test
    • Hearing test
    • Blood pressure
    • Urine test

The US department of Transportation sets the following guidelines:

  • Drivers must have 20/40 vision in each eye. Glasses/contact lenses are permitted.
  • Drivers can now be a diabetic on needle-injected insulin; diabetes controlled through a diet or oral medication is permitted.
  • A driver’s blood pressure must be under 139/89. Prescription medication to control blood pressure is permitted.
  • Use of a schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic, or any other habit forming drug is not permitted.
  • Bus drivers with S class license can get up to 1 year Certificate
  • All other drivers can get up to a 2 year Certificate

When you pass your DOT Physical, you will be given your MedCert Card (Medical Certification Card)

  • We register your Medical Certification online with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • We send in your Certificate & Affidavit to the State Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
    We can do this for any state, not just Tennessee!

Why choose McPherson Physicals for your DOT Physical?

  • Don’t sit at a sick clinic with sick patients!
  • All we do are DOTs, Drug Screens, & DNA testing.
  • No appointments necessary!
  • You can walk-in during our normal business hours and be seen by a physician without a long wait!
  • You are in & out within minutes!
  • All paperwork is done electronically. Use our iPads for convenient registration.
  • We give you a laminated copy of your MedCert Card to keep in your wallet/glove box, as well as your full size certificate!
  • If you ever lose, or misplace your MedCert Card, we will gladly print you off a new one.
  • We go the extra mile at McPherson Physicals!

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