It is mandated by federal guidelines that all commercial drivers pass the Department of Transportation health exam. The purpose of this test is to determine whether a potential driver is physically capable of driving safely now and in the foreseable future. Successfully passing the exam means you have 24 month before you need to do it again, although in some cases this period might be decreased in case that serious health problems might arise in the future.

Health Requirements

Here are the basic requirements for passing the DOT physical exam.

* 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.
* Needs to be capable of distinguishing colors found on traffic signals.
* Hearing should be good enough to notice a forced whisper at a minimum distance of 5 feet.
* Blood pressure must be under 160/100. Prescription medication may be used to control blood pressure.
* An applicant can have diabetes which is controlled through diet or medication. Diabetes which is controlled though insulin injections is not premitted
* The maximum level of blood sugar an applicant is allowed to have is 200.
* Use of schedule 1 drugs is strictly disallowed

Look through the list below to find a physical test location near you.

Last updated on Monday, October 8 2018.

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