D.O.T. Physicals by Dr. David Richard

All commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers whose current medical certificate expires on or after May 21, 2014, must be examined by certified medical examiners who are listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry). The National Registry is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. Only medical examiners that have successfully completed training and passed a test on FMCSA’s physical qualification standards will be listed on the National Registry.


Safety on our Nation’s roads is crucial, and for CMV drivers the most important safety factor is the driver! Each turn of the key should remind drivers that they are responsible for their own safety, as well as the safety of everyone who shares the roadways with them. The physical examinations they are required to take for their medical certificate confirms that drivers are healthy enough to perform the demanding job of a CMV driver. A DOT physical exam is valid for 24 months. However, certified medical examiners may issue a medical examiner’s certificate for less than 24 months, if it is determined that there is reason to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure, for example.