As America continues to improve on its safety laws, it is important to know that The Department of Transportation is selective in who will be driving commercial vehicles. According to the American Public Transportation Association, 35 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in order to drive a commercial vehicle in the U.S. with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds in interstate commerce, drivers are required to pass a physical examination given by a DOT-approved medical examiner to obtain and maintain a medical examiner’s certificate.
Each driver is required to be certified on the National Registry, by reporting their past and current mental and physical history, and completing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) physical exam through a licensed “medical examiner”, which can be found on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. This certification must be renewed every 24 months, or less, depending on the patient’s condition. Upon passing the exam and becoming certified, one receives a DOT card, which is a federally mandated card stating that you meet all physical and medical requirements in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle. A driver must carry this card or a photographic copy at all times.
The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners is required to take a training course and pass a certification exam to be listed on the National Registry. The list of certified medical examiners is available on the National Registry website. Boulevard Medical has a number of registered medical examiners who are available for a physical exam when booking your visit.