Carson City D.O.T. and C.D.L. Physicals

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Operating a commercial motor vehicle often requires many grueling hours on the road and can be physically demanding. Consequently, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that drivers be physically and mentally fit to ensure they can safely operate a commercial vehicle. A determination of fitness must be obtained from an examiner certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Dr. Jay E. Betz, MD and the other doctors at Nevada Occupational Health Center are certified by FMCSA to perform DOT physicals and are here to help you navigate the medical certification process whether you are just getting started and need a new certification or a veteran driver needing a renewal.

Contact the Nevada Occupational Health Center
to get in touch with Dr. Jay Betz M.D.

Who needs a DOT physicals?

Persons with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and certain other drivers must pass a fitness evaluation to ascertain whether they meet the standards established by DOT and FMCSA for commercial drivers. DOT physicals are required if you:

  • Operate a vehicle that has a gross combined weight of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Or if the vehicle is intended to transport more than fifteen passengers, including yourself
  • Or if you are transporting hazardous materials that require specific signage

What is required to pass a DOT physical?

A person shall not drive a commercial motor vehicle unless he is physically qualified to do so. The maximum certification period is 2 years.

While exemptions and waivers are available for a number chronic impairments, some common reasons certification is delayed or a limited period of certification is granted are:

  • Poor vision. You must have 20/40 or better vision with or without corrective lenses (contact lenses and/or glasses) in each eye.
  • High blood pressure with or without medication.
  • Diabetes. Insulin dependent diabetics do not meet the standard but exemption/waiver may be available under certain circumstances. Diabetics on oral medication only can qualified if under good control.
  • History of heart attack, heart surgery, or coronary stents.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A more complete review of physical and mental standards and a copy of the examination form can be obtained at: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The medical evaluator may ask for additional documentation from your treating physician before certification is provided.

Dr. Betz and the entire staff at Nevada Occupational Health Center can answer all your questions you may have about the physical and help you stay in compliance to legally operate a commercial vehicle. Examinations are available without an appointment Monday through Friday 8 – 4:30 or call 775 887-5030 for an appointment.


Nevada Occupational Health Center

3488 Goni Road #141

Carson City, NV 89706

Phone: (775) 887-5030 | Fax: (775) 887-5040