CDL/DOT Medical Exams


CDL ExamsThe Bureau of Motor Vehicles is reminding businesses that all Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders must self-certify their type of commercial driving to the BMV, and submit a medical examiners certificate by January 30, 2014.

Failure to take these steps will put holders at risk of losing their CDL privileges. More information can be found on the BMV Website.

HealthCare for Business’ Dr. Toby Hanahan is a certified Medical Review Officer and Certified Medical Examiner for all CDL DOT medical exams.

Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical exams are required for most truck drivers to determine physical qualification to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce according to the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41-49.

CDL DOT medical exams include:

  • Health history
  • Vision Test
  • Hearing Test
  • Blood Pressure Test
  • Urinalysis
  • Physical Examination

T8 Physical exams are required for all school bus and van drivers, to determine physical qualification to operate the vehicle while transporting pupils according to the requirements in OAC 3301-83-06 and 3301-83-07.  The T-8 Physical Examination includes:

  • Health history
  • Vision Test
  • Blood Pressure Test
  • Urinalysis
  • Audiometer screening
  • Mantoux Tuberculosis Test – only if new hire

Be aware of the medical requirements for obtaining a Commercial Drivers’ License Medical Certificate:

  • A CDL driver must have at least 20/40 vision in each eye, with or without glasses
  • A CDL driver cannot be an insulin dependent diabetic
  • A CDL driver must have a blood pressure that is 140/90 or better without medication to obtain the complete 24 month medical certificate.  If the driver is on BP medication the certificate is limited to 12 months
  • Any medical condition or use of medications that cause an alteration in alertness is disqualifying
  • A CDL driver can obtain a medical certificate after a myocardial infarction if they are asymptomatic, two months have passed since the occurrence and they are able to pass a cardiac stress test
  • Any seizure disorder is disqualifying UNLESS 10 years have passed since the one and only seizure incident and no anti-seizure medications are being taken

Please call (440)354-4747 for more information on CDL Exams.

Important Resources:

HealthCare for Business Consortium Agreement

FTA Prescription and OTC Tool Kit

2014/2015 DOT Random Testing Rates  

T8 Driver/Employer Form

Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination

What Employers Need to Know About DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing

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