5 Surprising Conditions That Can Impact a DOT CDL Physical

Surprising Conditions for DOT Medical ExamThe DOT Physical is one of the most important qualifications for any CDL driver. It ensures both the safety of the CDL holder and the other drivers who share the road.

There are basic medical requirements all drivers must meet, including:

  • 20/40 correctable vision, meaning the driver can wear eye glasses or contact lenses.
  • Blood pressure must be 160/90 or less for a 24 month DOT Medical Certificate. In some cases, a prescription blood pressure medication can be used to control high blood pressure.
  • Blood sugar level must be under 200. A driver cannot be a diabetic requiring needle injected insulin however diabetes controlled by diet may be permissible.
  • No narcotic or other habit forming drugs.

There are less common medical factors that can impact your DOT CDL physical including:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Recent back injury
  • Recent major surgery
  • Current hernia
  • Recent workmen’s compensation claims

Blood pressure and diabetes are not the only medical conditions which may disqualify you from your DOT medical certificate. The lesser-known physical ailments listed above along with mental disorders, epilepsy and advanced hear disease may prevent you from passing your DOT physical. Additionally, failing a drug and alcohol test can also put your DOT physical at risk for disqualification.

Your medical examiner will complete all the DOT physical requirements, you will discuss any potential concerns in your health history or current medical condition which could be hazardous to the operation of a DOT vehicle. Dr. Hanahan, or your medical examiner, must document any risks posed by your history current health state on your DOT physical form and determine if you meet the standards for receiving a medical certificate.

If you meet the requirements, your DOT medical certificate will be valid for two years, however, there are instances in which the medical examiner may issue one that is only valid for three months, six months or a year.

HeathCare for Business can answer any questions you may have regarding your upcoming DOT physical. Dr. Hanahan is a Certified Medical Examiner for the CDL medical exam and is also a Certified Medical Review Officer who can assist with any concerns regarding the DOT physical.