DOT MEDICAL EXAMINERS OF KANSAS
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The CDL DOT Physical Exam



STEP 1.
Fill out your health history using form below:
 (Download Form here->)
MCSA-5875 

STEP 2.
Complete your DOT physical exam with a nationally registered doctor (MD, DO, DC, PA, APRN)

- review of medical history 

- discuss special medical conditions, diagnosis, restrictions and medications

- Check height, weight, blood pressure, pulse rate, range of motion, neurological, breathing, eyes, ears- urinalysis for blood sugar



STEP 3
. We complete your paperwork. Photo ID required.

- If qualified, you get a  DOT medical certificate that you may need to update with your state authority.

- You get 1 copy of the DOT physical form for the company or yourself. 

-Determination pending-some driver's may have conditions that may need monitoring and or follow up before given a certificate.  If the condition is not disqualifying, you may have time on your current DOT certificate to provide the additional information requested from the certified medical examiner.  If you have time on your card, you can continue to drive on an your existing certificate until it expires or you may be allowed 45 days to provide the documents requested.  If the documents are not received after 45 days, a new exam must be performed.

 



Vision:
at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction (eyeglasses or contacts) reading the Snellen Chart, and at least 70 degrees of peripheral vision on the horizontal meridian in each eye.
Driver must also be able to recognize and distinguish standard traffic signals red, green and amber colors.

Hearing: You Must perceive a forced whisper voice at 5
feet or more with or without a hearing aid. Otherwise, you must undergo a formal hearing test with an audiometer and pass.

Blood Pressure: Driver qualified if less than 140/90. If your blood pressure is more than 140/90 but less than 180/110, you may qualify for a shorter interval depending on whether this is an initial or re-certification. 
TIPS-DO NOT drink high energy drinks before your exam.  DO NOT smoke, chew or eat a high salt meal before your exam.

Urine Analysis:
Our DOT urine analysis is a CLIA waived dipstick analysis that checks for glucose, blood or protein in urine.  If any of the above abnormal substances are found in the urine, additional medical testing may be required to find and evaluate the cause.  This is not a FMCSA drug test.
TIPS- DO NOT consume (eat or drink) large amounts of sugar prior to your DOT exam. 
What Medical Conditions Can Disqualify a Driver?

1. History of or diagnosis of epilepsy (seizure disorder).
There is a waiver available.

2. Diabetes requiring the use of insulin no longer requires a waiver, however, you must demonstrate adequate control and your treating physician must fill out a diabetes assessment form.  Form: MCSA-5870

Having a completed MCSA-5870 does not automatically qualify you even if your doctor has signed it.  You must demonstrate adequate control and not have any disqualifying deficits.  A completed form is only valid for 45 days.  It needs to be completed within 45 days prior to the exam or within 45 days after the examination or a new form must be filled out for a certified medical examiner to review.

3. If you don't meet the minimum vision or hearing standards listed above, even with the help of corrective lenses or a hearing aid) you may be disqualified.

If you don't meet the vision or hearing standards or have had epilepsy, you may apply for either State or Federal exemptions.   

4.
Medications: Use of a narcotic (Lortab, Hydrocodone, Tylenol 3, etc.), amphetamine (Most ADHD medications, Stimulants),or other habit forming drugs without a prescription from a treating physician is disqualifying. If you are taking any of the above medications, by law you must have a note from your treating physician that states they have gone over the possible adverse side effects of the medication and that they feel you are safe to operate a commercial motor vehicle while taking any of the above substances.  If  you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for more help.  Use of a Schedule I drug is disqualifying.
Marijuana (THC), medicinal or not, is disqualifying. It does not matter if it is legal for recreational or medicianal use in other states.

5. Loss or impairment of an arm or limb that interferes
with commercial driving or tasks related to driving,
unless accompanied by a
Skills Performance Certificate
(SPE).

6. A driver with a clinical diagnosis of alcoholism is disqualifying.

7. A driver with a certain medical condition(s) may disqualify or be placed on waiting periods that may require further testing.

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