Commercial drivers seeking a commercial driver’s license physical examination must present the following on the day of their exam:
- Provide a list of all prescribed medications and the prescribing doctor’s name and contact information.
- Provide prescription information for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- Provide prescription information for hearing aids.
- For diabetic drivers, provide the most recent Hemoglobin A1C test result and current blood sugar log.
- For drivers with high blood pressure, blood pressure readings must be below 140/90 on the day of their physical.
- For drivers with sleep apnea, bring 120 days of sleep data and a recent reading from their CPAP machine.
- For drivers with heart-related issues that include a pacemaker, stent, valve replacement, cardiac bypass surgery, open-heart surgery, or heart attacks, submit a letter from their cardiologist outlining their medical history with current medications and submit a recent ECHO cardiogram or stress test taken within the last 12 months.
- For drivers who have suffered a seizure, stroke, or any brain-related issues, submit a letter from their neurologist outlining their medical history and current medications and their use while driving a commercial vehicle.
- For drivers taking blood thinners, submit a recent blood level and clearance letter from their doctor.
- For drivers taking medications that cause sleepiness, submit a letter from their doctor regarding the medication and its use while driving a commercial vehicle.
- For drivers taking anxiety or ADHD medications, submit a letter from their doctor regarding the medications and their use while driving a commercial vehicle.
- For drivers who are missing a limb, submit a skilled performance evaluation and a letter from their doctor outlining any work restrictions.
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For more information regarding NRCME guidelines and regulations, please contact the DOT directly at FMCTECHSUP@dot.gov (recommended) or by telephone at 617-494-3003.
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