It is mandated by federal guidelines that all commercial drivers pass the Department of Transportation physical exam. The purpose of this test is to check whether an applicant is physically capable of driving safely now and in the foreseable 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 future, in which case the you’ll have to take the exam sooner.

Department of Transportation CDL Physical Requirements

The basic requirements for passing a DOT physical exam are:.

* Need to have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye as well as both combined. Vision correction devices such as glasses or contacts are allowed.
* Ability to distinguish color is necessary.
* Needs to be able to perceive a forced whisper at a distance of at least 5 feet.
* Maximum allowable blood pressure is 160/100. Use of prescription medication to achieve this threshold is permitted.
* An applicant can have diabetes which is controlled through diet or medication. Diabetes which is controlled though insulin injections is not premitted
* Blood sugar may not be higher than 200.
* Use of schedule 1 drugs is strictly forbidden
* 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 able to drive a commercial motor vehicle with no restrictions.

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

Last updated on Monday, October 8 2018.

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