What is a DOT Physical?
All drivers holding a CDL license are required by the DOT to undergo a physical examination by a Certified Medical Examiner. The examination covers hearing, vision, blood pressure, heart rate, general fitness and the physical ability to safely perform all tasks required of a Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver.
Why is a DOT physical required?
Federal law states a driver is not permitted to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle without a valid DOT physical exam certificate. It is required to ensure the drivers and public are safe and to ensure the driver is in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations associated with holding a CDL.