DMV Physical Exam for Commercial Drivers

Federal guidelines mandate that all commercial drivers pass the Department of Transportation physical exam. This exam is required to verify whether an applicant is physically capable of driving safely now and in the near future. Most medical evaluations are renewed every two years, however due to health-related risks and DOT recommendations the provider may decide to medically certify the driver for a shorter period of time or until a curable health problem has adequately resolved.

As of May 21, 2014 providers conducting medical certification exams for Commercial Drivers must pass a test and will be listed in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry).

The providers at Access Omnicare are registered  through the NRCME to perform these physicals.

Per the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the basic requirements for passing a DOT physical exam are:.

  • With or without vision corrections, each eye, as well as both eyes combined, need to have 20/40 vision.
  • Ability to distinguish color.
  • Hearing needs to be good enough to notice a forced whisper at a minimum distance of 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 permitted.
  • The maximum level of blood sugar an applicant is allowed to have is 200.
  • No use of a Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic or any habit-forming drug is allowed.
  • In case you are currently diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease such as congestive cardiac failure, collapse, or cardiac insufficiency, then you will be required to present the Medical Examiner with a stress test along with a note from your physician which states that you are able to drive a commercial motor vehicle with no restrictions.