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If you want to be a commercial driver, you don't only have to pass the licensing requirements, you also have to meet medical requirements as well. The Department of Motor Vehicles wants to make sure that drivers who are on the road all day do not have any health conditions that compromise their ability to safely drive and operate a vehicle for an extended period of time. The standards of medical health are much more stringent for commercial drivers than they are for a regular driver's license.
Who Can Perform the Exam
A wide variety of medical professionals can perform the exam that you have to submit. A doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, or doctor of chiropractic may complete the physical. A physician's assistance or an advanced practice nurse can also complete the physical for you.
You get to choose who performs the exam. Just make sure that they have the right license to perform a physical examination for the DMV and/or DOT. The medical examiner who performs your exam will need to sign the medical certificate that states you meet the health requirements to be a commercial driver.
Paying for the Exam
There are a few ways that you may be able to pay for the exam. If you have not had your yearly preventative medical exam, your health insurance may cover the cost of your examination without the need for a deductible or a co-payment at all. If you have already had your regular yearly physical, you can schedule a regular doctor's appointment and pay the regular deductible for a doctor's appointment.
Some employers will pay the costs for getting a physical, so ask and see if this is something that your employer provides. There are also some discount programs available if you can't afford the cost of a physical.
Passing the Exam
Your medical provider will evaluate you and will determine if you are able to meet both the physical and mental demands of driving a large commercial vehicle. They will closely examine any past or current medical conditions that you have to determine if they would compromise your safety with driving a commercial vehicle.
You don't have to be in perfect health to pass the exam, but you do need to be in good mental and physical health. There are some conditions that may prevent you from passing the exam, such as heart disease, respiratory dysfunction, epilepsy, and poor vision or hearing. However, there are always exceptions to each of these rules. Your condition does not always impair your ability to operate and control a vehicle safely.
If you want to be a commercial truck driver, not only do you need to undergo training and obtain a license, you also need to pass a physical. It may be a good idea to make sure that you meet the medical requirements to be a commercial driver before you obtain a commercial driving license. If you are unsure if you would pass the exam, talk to your chiropractor, doctor, or physician's assistant for a DMV physical today.