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Podiatrist - (DPM)

Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity.

Can a Podiatrist  become a certified Medical Examiner with the DOT?

To be listed as a certified Medical Examiner with the DOT/FMCSA NRCME program, a Podiatrist (DPM) must be licensed, certified, or registered in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations to perform physical examinations.

Please see the table below for a Podiatrist's eligibility in the state they are licensed to practice in to become a certified Medical Examiner with the DOT as of January 2020:

 Eligible = Eligible Not Eligible = Not Eligible Possible Eligibility = Possible Eligibility (see below)
Alabama - Possible Eligibility Montana  - Possible Eligibility
Alaska - Possible Eligibility Nebraska - Possible Eligibility
Arizona - Possible Eligibility Nevada - Possible Eligibility
Arkansas - Possible Eligibility New Hampshire - Possible Eligibility
California - Possible Eligibility New Jersey - Possible Eligibility
Colorado - Possible Eligibility New Mexico - Possible Eligibility
Connecticut - Possible Eligibility New York - Not Eligible
Delaware - Possible Eligibility North Carolina - Possible Eligibility
District of Columbia - Possible Eligibility North Dakota - Possible Eligibility
Florida - Possible Eligibility Ohio - Possible Eligibility
Georgia - Possible Eligibility Oklahoma - Possible Eligibility
Hawaii - Possible Eligibility Oregon - Possible Eligibility
Idaho - Possible Eligibility Pennsylvania - Possible Eligibility
Illinois - Not Eligible Puerto Rico - Not Eligible
Indiana - Possible Eligibility Rhode Island - Possible Eligibility
Iowa - Possible Eligibility South Carolina - Possible Eligibility
Kansas - Possible Eligibility South Dakota - Not Eligible
Kentucky - Possible Eligibility Tennessee - Possible Eligibility
Louisiana - Possible Eligibility
Texas - Not Eligible
Maine - Possible Eligibility
Utah - Possible Eligibility
Maryland - Possible Eligibility Vermont - Possible Eligibility
Massachusetts - Possible Eligibility Virginia - Possible Eligibility
Michigan - Possible Eligibility Washington - Possible Eligibility
Minnesota - Possible Eligibility West Virginia - Possible Eligibility
Mississippi - Possible Eligibility Wisconsin - Possible Eligibility
Missouri - Possible Eligibility Wyoming - Possible Eligibility

 Possible Eligibility = The FMCSA has not received verification from your state licensing board that the DOT exam is within the scope of practice for your profession. You may proceed with registration, but the FMCSA must receive verification from your state licensing board before certifying you. We recommend that you delay your certification test until the state licensing board has confirmed that the DOT exam is within your scope of practice.

If you have any questions or need further information on this process, please contact the FMCSA Help Desk at fmctechsup@dot.gov (recommended) or call (617) 494-3003.