CDL Exams Specialist

Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey

Internal Medicine Physicians located in Vineland, NJ

If you want to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you have to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam. The team at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey includes a qualified medical examiner, so they can take care of your exam and certify that you’re physically capable of safely driving a commercial vehicle. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Vineland, New Jersey.

CDL Exams Q & A

What should I expect during a CDL exam?

Your CDL physical is very similar to an annual physical. Your doctor at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey reviews your medical history, which includes questions about seizures, surgeries, medications, and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

You answer a few questions about your mental health, and your doctor evaluates your sleep habits, looking for potential sleep disorders. It’s also important to talk about muscle, back, or nerve problems that could affect your ability to sit.

Your physical exam covers every system in your body, including vision and hearing tests. You also submit a urine sample to test for glucose, blood, and kidney problems.

What health problems may prevent me from getting a CDL?

Most health problems will not stop you from qualifying for a commercial license. Existing health conditions are only a concern if they affect your ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle.

In some cases, you need to undergo additional tests to show a condition isn’t a problem. For example, if your CDL physical uncovers any concerns about your hand, arms, legs, or feet, you can take a skill performance evaluation to verify you can drive a commercial motor vehicle.

These are the basic requirements for passing a CDL exam:

  • Vision must be 20/40, with or without vision correction
  • You must be able to distinguish colors
  • You must be able to hear a forced whisper from five feet
  • Blood pressure has to be lower than 160/100 with or without medication
  • Diabetes must be well-controlled without insulin; maximum blood sugar of 200

If you have cardiovascular disease, you must pass a stress test and get a letter from your personal physician verifying you can drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions.

How long is my CDL medical certificate valid?

When you pass your exam, your medical certificate is good for two years. If you have a medical condition that could worsen or should be evaluated before two years, your doctor at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey may issue a certificate that expires in a shorter time.

If you need a DOT physical to get or retain your CDL, call Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey or book an appointment online.