Commercial motor vehicle physical exam
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires truck, van, bus or other commercial vehicle drivers to have a physical exam every two years. The exam will determine if you are safe to drive.
Your physical needs to be completed by a DOT licensed provider:
- doctor of medicine (MD)
- doctor of osteopathy (DO)
- physician assistant (PA)
- advanced practice nurse (APN)
- doctor of chiropractic (DC)
Why you need a DOT physical exam
The medical examiner will do a thorough review of your medical history and medications, as well as perform a physical examination to determine your fitness to operate a commercial motor vehicle valid at the DMV.
What to expect from your DOT physical exam
Your visit will include a physical exam and a neurological exam.
Your examiner may asked you to bring all your medications to the appointment and also request information about your health from your primary doctor.
If you use a CPAP machine for sleep apnea, you will need to bring the print out.
More about the DOT physical exam
A Medical Examiner's Certificate is issued if you do not have a medical condition, use medication or receive treatment that impairs safe driving. The Medical Examiner's Certificate:
- is valid for up to 24 months
- may be issued for less than 24 months to monitor a health condition.
Source: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration
Reviewed by: Philip Hoversten, medical director, Occupational Health
First published: 1/23/2017
Last reviewed: 8/19/2021