The following links offer quick access to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that are relevant to physical qualifications, examinations and limited exemptions for CDL operators:
Physical Qualifications and Examinations
- Physical qualifications for drivers - States which drivers must carry a medical certificate, and sets out the physical qualification standards.
- Medical examination; certificate of physical examination - States who may conduct examinations, which forms must be used to record results, how long to retain forms, and when to report to FMCSA.
- Persons who must be medically examined and certified - States who must be examined by a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry.
- Physical qualification standards for an individual with diabetes mellitus treated with insulin for control - Provides the requirements for drivers with diabetes mellitus who are treated with insulin for control.
- Resolution of conflicts of medical evaluation - Provides the requirements to apply for resolution of a conflict between a driver’s and motor carrier’s medical examiners.
- Alternative physical qualification standards for the loss or impairment of limbs - Provides the requirements for drivers seeking a Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate, and that drivers with an SPE Certificate may be medically qualified.
- Limited exemptions for intra-city zone drivers - Provides the requirements for drivers to be exempted from the age restriction and certain physical standards.
- Grandfathering for certain drivers participating in vision the waiver study program - Provides the requirements for being exempted from the vision standard through prior participation in a certain waiver study program.
For more information regarding these regulations, please contact the DOT directly at FMCTECHSUP@dot.gov (recommended) or by telephone at 617-494-3003.