DOT Physical Exams and Medical Conditions


The federal government requires
that transportation employees receive regular physicals – DOT Physical Exams – (first upon hire, and then on a bi-annual recertification basis) to help ensure that their medical conditions meet the minimum criteria for safe motor vehicle operations.

In the interest of public safety, commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are held to higher physical, mental and emotional standards than passenger car drivers. DOT physical exams are conducted by a licensed “medical examiner.”

CHR’s medical examiner network of physicians and nurse practitioners perform a comprehensive, cost-effective DOT physical exams in conformity with DOT standards.

Our never-ending commitment to customer service and process improvements sets us apart from our competitors. CHR will recall your drivers prior to the expiration of their DOT cards. Our quality control process will make sure cards are issued within the appropriate medical guidelines. We can even arrange for sleep apnea studies and further assessment of other medical conditions as needed.

DOT Physical Exams are valid for up to 24 months. The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner’s certificate for less than 24 months when medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, requires more frequent evaluations.

Other medical conditions assessed during DOT physical exams include visual conditions, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, dementias, alcoholism, medications, seizures and other neuromuscular medical conditions.

If the medical examiner finds that the person examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), then the medical examiner will complete the Medical Examiner’s Certificate, and the person is issued a wallet card that certifies that he or she has passed the physical requirements necessary to drive commercial motor vehicles.

The Medical Examination Report and DOT Medical Card are returned to CHR for overview. The results are certified through a Medical Review Officer (MRO). The medical examination report and a copy of the DOT medical card are stored at CHR or returned to your corporate medical department. The original DOT medical card is sent to the employee.

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