What are DOT Physicals and Why Do You Need One?

What are DOT Physicals and Why Do You Need One?

by Shearly (SU)
A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a federally mandated physical exam conducted by a certified health care provider, to verify that a driver of a commercial motor vehicle is healthy and physically qualified to perform his or her duties. It essentially verifies that, as an operator of a commercial vehicle, you are “fit for duty.” The physical must be performed by a medical examiner listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry, and you will be provided with a medical examiner’s certificate or DOT Medical Card after you have successfully passed the exam. This card is then typically valid for 24 months.