To drive a commercial vehicle in the U.S. with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 lbs in interstate commerce, drivers are required to pass a physical examination given by a DOT-approved medical examiner to obtain and maintain a medical examiner’s certificate.
Drivers receive a medical certification which is normally valid for 2 years. Your medical exam will be transmitted and stored electronically in the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS).
Drivers will be required to submit a “self-certification” to their state driver’s licensing agency (SDLA), to declare their intent to drive commercially in 1 of 4 possible categories. This information will be added to the driver’s CDLIS record.
Under the recently enacted FAST Act, military veterans will be allowed to have their DOT physical done by a qualified physician through the Veteran’s Administration, rather than National Registry ME’s.
CMV driver examinations can only be completed by Certified Medical Examiners (MEs) listed on the FMCSA’s National Registry.
What Parts Of The Body Will be Checked At The CDL DOT Physical Exam in Miami?
- Marked overweight, tremors (shakes), signs of drinking/drug abuse or problems.
- Will be checked for size equality, adjustment to light, proper movement and coordination. You will be asked about a history of cataracts, glaucoma, and other issues which may require a follow-up with a specialist.
- Will be checked for visible signs of scarring or blockage, as well as for holes in your eardrums.
Mouth & Throat:
- Will be checked for physical deformities that could interfere with breathing or swallowing.
- Checked for murmurs and extra sounds, enlarged heart, pacemaker and implantable defibrillator.
Lungs & Chest:
- Abnormal sounds and breathing rates. Anything out of the ordinary may require further tests, such as x-rays.
Abdomen & Organs:
- Will be checked for enlarged liver & spleen, unusual masses, sounds, hernias and weaknesses.
Vascular (blood movement) System:
- Abnormal or weak pulse, normal blood flow, varicose veins.
- Will be checked for hernias.
- Loss or damaged limbs or digits. Limp, deformities, weakness or other deficiencies of use in arms, legs, hands, feet, grasp and strength.
- Deformities, limitation of movement, tenderness.
Neurological (The brain and the nervous system):
- Balance/equilibrium, reflexes, speech coordination.
If the medical examiner finds that the person he/she examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the medical examiner will furnish one copy of the results to the person who was examined and complete a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. The ME will also electronically transmit your medical report to the DOT, and it will be included in the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS).
CDL DOT Physical Exam at Miami Accident Center
At Miami Accident Center we care about the DOT commercial driver applicants, offering no wait exams by appointment. Miami Accident Center can help you with your CDL DOT physical exam and get you back on the road fast! – Schedule your CDL DOT Physical Exam today!
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners #8668616912.
Dr. Dean M. Zusmer
Additional office locations in MiamI-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.