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New Port Richey
G.S. Dhaliwal, M.D.
Primary Care Walk In Clinic
6329 State Road 54
New Port Richey, FL 34653

Phone: 727.844.5555
Fax: 727.844.5550

Spring Hill
G.S. Dhaliwal, M.D.
Primary Care Walk In Clinic
11123 County Line Road
Spring Hill, FL 34609

Phone: 352.666.5555
Fax: 352.666.2915


DOT Physical

Basic DOT CDL Qualifications

The US Department of Transportation has established some minimum qualifications to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) as defined in the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations These include:

  • Minimum age of 21 years old to drive interstate
  • Ability to read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public,understand highway traffic signs & signals in the English language, respond to official inquiries, and to make entries on reports and records
  • Can, by reason of experience, training, or both, safely operate the type of commercial motor vehicle he/she drives
  • Has a valid CDL issued by one state or jurisdiction. Cannot hold more than one driver's license.
  • License cannot be suspended, cancelled or revoked. CDL holder is not disqualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle under the rules in §391.15
  • Have successfully completed a driver’s road test and has been issued a certificate of driver’s road test in accordance with §391.31, or has presented an operator’s license or a certificate of road test which the motor carrier that employs you has accepted as equivalent to a road test in accordance with §391.33.
  • Has prepared and furnished the motor carrier that employs him/her with the list of violations or the certificate as required by §391.27
  • Successfully completed a driver’s road test and has been issued a certificate of driver’s road test in accordance with §391.31, or has presented an operator’s license or a certificate of road test which the motor carrier that employs him/her has accepted as equivalent to a road test in accordance with §391.33.
  • Is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with Subpart E — Physical Qualifications and Examinations of 49 CFR 391 - See DOT Physical Exam information below.

DOT Physical Requirements

The US Department of Transportation requires all drivers to pass a physical examination as part of the qualifications for a CDL license or permit. The qualified medical professional will provide you a ‘Medical Examiner’s Certificate’ or 'DOT medical card' if you meet the medical guidelines the Department of Transportation has established. To help you understand the requirements, we have highlighted some of the major conditions below. Consult the FMCSA website for further information.

  1. You must have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye. Glasses or contact lenses are acceptable to correct a driver's vision.
  2. You cannot be a diabetic on needle-injected insulin; diabetes controlled through a diet or oral medication is permitted.
  3. Your blood pressure must meet the following criteria
    • 140-159/90-99 for a 3 month temporary certificate at examiners discretion
    • 160-179/100-109 and Greater than 180/110 is disqualifying
  4. * Prescription medication to control blood pressure is permitted and One Year Certificate is given.
  5. Your blood sugar level must be under 200 for a fingerstick test or under 8% for a A1C test.
  6. Use of medications varies. Please see your physician, contact your local DOT office, or visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
  7. If you have a current diagnosis of cardiac insufficiency, collapse, congestive cardiac failure or any other cardiovascular disease you will be required to provide the Medical Examiner with a stress test (needs to be performed within the last 12 months) along with a release from your physician stating that you can drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions.

Other factors or conditions which could prevent you from obtaining the required DOT clearance include: sleep apnea, recent back injury, recent major surgery, a current hernia, or recent workmen's compensation claims. If you have questions about your medical health, please consult your physician before beginning the training program.

DOT Physical Form

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers maintain a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate to drive. As part of the physical, you are required to fill out the medical history portion of the Medical Examination Report of Commercial Driver Fitness Determination.

If you would like to speed up the process, you can print and fill in the driver’s information and health history of your own copy of the DOT Physical Form by visiting the following link:

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/safetyprograms/Medical-Report.pdf

At the conclusion of your physical exam, you will be given the motor carrier copy of the Medical Examiner’s Report and Certificate to give to your employer.