How to Get a DOT Medical Card

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A U.S. Department of Transportation medical card is required for all people who drive a commercial motor vehicle, or CMV. A DOT medical card is valid for two years -- less if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, which needs to be monitored regularly. The medical card is issued by a licensed medical examiner. A physical is required to make sure the driver is qualified to operate a CMV.

  • Make an appointment to have a physical examination with your family doctor or another licensed medical examiner.

  • Get the physical examination. The doctor will make a note of ailments, conditions and surgeries, then describe them on the form. Medications you take will also be noted.

  • If the doctor finds that you meet the qualifications, she will sign a medical card.

Tips & Warnings

  • A medical examination report can be downloaded and printed from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, website.
  • A medical card must be valid to legally operate a CMV. If the card has expired, a new physical examination must be completed before a new one is issued.

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