What Is Involved in DOT Medical Card Renewal?


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Renewing a Department of Transportation medical card involves having a physical exam conducted by a medical examiner certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and submitting all of the appropriate paperwork. Each driver must complete this exam every two years.

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Go online to find a certified medical examiner to perform a DOT medical exam. Medical doctors, physicians assistants and advanced practice nurses are some of the individuals qualified to be DOT medical examiners. All medical examination forms are available to print online. The address at which to contact the FMCSA and the phone number for the information line are also available online.

The DOT medical exam involves checking heart rate, blood pressure, vision, eyes, mouth, nose, ears, lungs, spine and abdomen. It also involves a basic neurological test and checking for hernias. Any hindrances to safe driving that the examiner foresees is documented on the DOT physical form. Drivers are under legal obligation to report truthfully to the certified medical examiner about all medical history details.

In some cases, exemptions may be made for vision, hearing and diabetes. These exemption guidelines and forms are available online. There are some restrictions to exemptions for intrastate commerce. Valid medical certificates are issued by the examiner when he deems the driver fit and healthy enough to fulfill the DOT job. Examiners can issue temporary certificates for medical conditions that need monitoring for a period of time, such as blood pressure.

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