Federal guidelines mandate that any individual applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL), pass a Department of Transportation medical exam. This exam determines the physical capability of safe driving now and in the future. Typically your qualifying medical exam will expire two years after approval, however, certain medical conditions may require a shortened duration.
Passing the medical exam ensures that you are healthy enough to maintain the safety of yourself and other drivers on the road when operating a commercial motor vehicle. Since 2014, only medical professionals trained in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and test certified with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are qualified and able to perform your DOT exam.
For more information on the regulations and requirements necessary to pass your medical exam visit the FMCSA web site.