To receive a DOT medical card, the Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination and the completed Medical Examiner's Certificate are required. For drivers with pre-existing conditions related to vision, hearing or diabetes, separate packages of forms must be completed. The General Vision Package and Hearing Package must be completed once. Drivers with diabetes must apply for exemption and have an endocrinologist evaluate them quarterly. An annual diabetes assessment must also be completed.
The Department of Transportation requires commercial motor vehicle drivers to be medically evaluated before being licensed. A Medical Examiner's Certificate serves as proof that the driver is cleared to be on the road. It can be printed at home on cardstock paper. This certificate can also be completed in card form. Purchase cards from an approved supplier, and present it to the medical examiner before the exam.
During the exam, health history is thoroughly reviewed. The medical examiner addresses past illnesses and injuries, as well as vision, hearing, and cardiovascular disorders. Muscular weakness is assessed, as well as diabetes, digestion issues, respiratory illnesses and nervous system disorders. Mental and emotional issues are also studied. Exams are performed by National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners certified doctors and are conducted in over 600 offices.