DOT Exams

Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Exam


A DOT physical is a health examination mandated by the FMCSA for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. A DOT physical helps determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a CMV. If you are a commercial driver, you are a “safety-sensitive” employee and for your safety and the public’s safety, FMCSA requires you to complete and pass a DOT physical to maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL).You are required to complete and pass a DOT physical if you:

  • Operate a motor vehicle for interstate commerce with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds
  • Operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people
  • Are paid to operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than eight people 
  • Transport hazardous materials that required your vehicle to be placarded

Certified Medical Examiners (CME)
The Department of Transportation sets the DOT physical requirements that a CMV driver must meet to pass their DOT exam – ProCare is legally required to follow these criteria when performing the physical.
The FMCSA only allows ONLY certified medical examiners to perform DOT physicals. ProCare has medical examiners on staff – our CMEs undergo extensive training and are certified by the FMCSA to perform DOT physicals.

To schedule your DOT physical with a ProCare medical examiner call 509.221.1039

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During a DOT physical, a CME will check your vital signs, review your medical history, and perform a required hands-on physical examination that includes (but is not limited to):

  • General Appearance
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Mouth and throat
  • Heart
  • Lungs and chest
  • Extremities
  • Nervous system
  • Hernias
  • Back and spine

The CME will issue you a medical examiner’s certificate (MEC) – also called a DOT medical card – when you meet the DOT physical requirements. Without a valid DOT medical card, you can lose your CDL.

As of 2023, CMV drivers with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (type 1 or 2) and or monocular vision must meet updated standards to be certified. Forms for these exemptions must be completed at least 45 days before the DOT exam is performed.