What Physical Requirements Do You Have to Meet to Get a CDL?


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According to federal law, all commercial driver's license (CDL) applicants must pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. The physical includes a complete medical history, testing of the applicant's hearing and vision, checking vitals such as blood pressure and pulse, and testing range of motion.

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In order to pass the DOT physical, federal code 391 requires that the applicant not have diabetes requiring insulin, heart or vascular disease, high blood pressure or epilepsy. During the physical, the physician also checks for such things as back injuries, visible limps or lack of mobility in the limbs that would prevent the applicant from performing tasks such as securing loads, checking the truck and trailer, and operating the vehicle.

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