You’ve been told you need a DOT physical exam to get behind the wheel. Or maybe it’s time to renew your existing CDL Medical Certification Card (the certification you get when you pass the DOT physical exam)?
There are many misconceptions about the DOT physical, as well as some basic confusion about what it’s looking for and the requirements to pass.
Who needs a DOT physical?
If you are a driver of a commercial vehicle greater than 10K lbs (gross) interstate for commerce in the United States, you must receive a Department of Transportation medical certification card and keep it on you at all times while driving. You can only get this card from an DOT physical provider on the DOT approved “medical examiner” list. (Get a list of approved DOT providers; you will note that our doctor – Dr. Dean Zusmer, DC – is on this list.)
How Long Is the DOT Physical Exam Certification Good For?
Unless there are issues found in your DOT Physical, the certification is generally good for two years and is kept on file in the Commercial Driver’s License Information System. Even some individuals with vision issues, diabetes, or other treatable / manageable health issues may still be eligible for certification. Some drivers may require the NRCME Driver Exemption Program.
Where Can I Get a Miami DOT Physical Exam – Where Can I Find An DOT Physical Exam Location?
CMV driver examinations can only be completed by Certified Medical Examiners (MEs) listed on the FMCSA’s National Registry. At Miami Accident Center, we have multiple DOT physical exam locations. You can see our addresses here on our Miami DOT physical exam locations contact page http://miamiaccidentcenter.com/contact/.
Can I See or Get A Copy of My Miami DOT Physical Exam Results?
Drivers can look over the Official Medical Examination Report 649-F (6045) that your Medical Examiner will fill out and transmit to the DOT after your physical.
What Does the DOT Physical Cover?
- Loss of hearing
- Digestive problems
- Psychiatric disorders
- Dizziness or fainting
- Alcohol/Drug Use
- Missing limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Impaired vision
- Kidney disease
- Chronic pain
- Brain injuries or neurological disorders
- Epilepsy or seizures
- Heart attack or heart disease
- Respiratory (breathing) conditions
What happens after the DOT physical?
If you pass the DOT physical, your DOT physical exam provider will fill out the Medical Examiner’s Certificate and give you a copy. Your Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination will be send electronically to the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS), along with your DOT physical forms.
Again, your DOT medical certification is good for 2 years unless your health status necessitated a more frequent evaluation by the medical examiner or an exemption. In most cases, a DOT physical exemption means you will have to re-do the DOT physical exam yearly (the time/term depends on the specific exemption).
Contact Dr. Dean Zusmer, DC today to set up your Miami DOT Physical Exam at any of our locations!
National Registry Of Certified Medical Examiners #8668616912.
Additional locations throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.