Federal guidelines mandate that anyone applying for a CDL must pass the Department of Transportation physical exam. The goal of this test is to determine whether an applicant is fit enough to drive safely at the present time as well as in the foreseeable future. Successfully passing the exam usually means you have 24 month before you need to do it again, unless you have some health problem which might become worse in the in the near term, in which case the you’ll have to take the exam sooner.
The basic requirements for passing a DOT physical exam are:.
- Vision in both eyes as well as each eye individually needs to be 20/40, with visual improvement devices, such as glasses or contacts allowed.
- Ability to distinguish color is necessary.
- Should be able to perceive a forced whisper at a distance of at least 5 feet.
- Blood pressure has to be lower than 160/100. Prescription medication may be used to control blood pressure.
- Cannot have diabetes that requires insulin injections; diabetes controlled through a diet or oral medication is permitted.
- Your blood sugar level must be less than 200.
- No use of a Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic or any habit forming drug is permitted.
- In case you are currently diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease such as collapse, congestive cardiac failure or cardiac insufficiency, then you will be required to provide the Medical Examiner with a stress test as well as with a note from your physician stating that you are capable of driving a commercial motor vehicle with no restrictions.
Look through the list below to find a physical test location near you.