A Department of Transportation (DOT)
physical examination is conducted by a licensed "medical examiner."
The term includes, but is not limited to, doctors of medicine (MD), doctors of
osteopathy (DO), physician assistants (PA), advanced practice nurses (APN), and
doctors of chiropractic (DC).
To find a medical examiner to conduct the
DOT physical exam you may contact
your primary care provider to inquire if they will conduct a "DOT physical exam."
You may also find a medical examiner in the yellow pages of your telephone book,
or on the Internet by using an Internet directory or search engine. Look under
"Occupational Health." If your medical examiner does not have a
Medical Examination Report,
one may be downloaded.
A DOT physical exam is valid
for up to 24 months. The medical examiner may also issue a
medical examiner's certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable
to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.
If the medical examiner finds that the person he/she examined is physically qualified
to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the medical examiner will furnish one copy
of the results to the person who was examined and complete a
Medical Examiner's Certificate (page 9 of the Medical Examination Report).
If a driver wishes the Certificate to be in card form, he/she may:
- Purchase a separate "medical card" from an industry supplier of motor carrier forms
(e.g., State trucking association) before the physical exam and ask the medical examiner
to complete and sign it, in addition to the Medical Examination Report form;
- Print the Certificate on cardstock paper. It is permissible to reduce the size of