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For commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, the most important safety feature is YOU – the driver! Each time you turn the key, you are responsible for your own safety, as well as the safety of all the people who share the road with you. The physical examination you take for your medical certificate confirms that you are healthy enough to safely perform the demanding job of a CMV driver and keep our Nation’s roads safe.
Where can a driver find a medical examiner who complies with Federal regulations? How do Motor Carriers rest assured that their drivers are truly physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle? The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners exists to answer those questions and allay concerns.
A database of certified medical examiners is a core element of the National Registry. Medical Examiners have to take a training course and pass a certification exam to be listed on the National Registry. The list of certified medical examiners including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and chiropractors, is available on the National Registry website:
A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination must be conducted by a licensed "medical examiner" listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. The term includes, but is not limited to, doctors of medicine (MD), doctors of osteopathy (DO), physician assistants (PA), advanced practice nurses (APN), and doctors of chiropractic (DC).
Follow this link to find a medical examiner who is certified by the FMCSA to perform DOT physical exams:
A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months. The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner's certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.
If the medical examiner finds that the person he/she examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the medical examiner will furnish one copy of the results to the person who was examined and complete a Medical Examiner's Certificate.
The reports below outline the impact that medical indications have on driving. The reports include an evidence report - a systematic review of research literature on specific questions regarding medical conditions and driving - as well as a report from the Medical Expert Panel (MEP), an independent panel of physicians, clinicians and scientists who are experts in their field. The MEP reviews the evidence in the research report about a question or topic, and submits opinions to the Agency.