Federal Standards: All commercial drivers who drive interstate must meet the standards of the Federal Highway Administration
of the Department of Transportation as set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), Subpart E, 391.41 through
California Standards: Vehicle Code 12804.9 requires that the department determine whether the applicant is mentally and physically
fit to operate a motor vehicle, and permits the department to consider the standards required by federal regulations in establishing
California medical requirements for commercial driver licenses. It also provides that any physical defect of the applicant which,
in the opinion of the department, is compensated for to ensure safe driving ability, will not prevent the issuance of the license.
Vehicle Code 12809 authorizes the department to refuse to issue a commercial license to any person not meeting the medical requirements.
Regulations: Title 13, Article 2.1, 28.18 and 28.19, of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) provides the minimum physical and
medical requirements for Class A, B, or Commercial Class C driver licenses. These are the same standards required of motor carrier
drivers by the Federal Highway Administration of the Department of Transportation.
The medical professional completes the Medical
Examination Report DL 51 (PDF) to certify that a person meets the medical standards to operate a commercial motor vehicle. The DL
51 must be submitted to DMV with an original application for a commercial driver license or instruction permit. The form must be dated
within the last two years, and submitted to DMV.
Drivers applying for, or who hold, a certificate to drive a school bus, School
Pupil Activity Bus, Youth Bus, General Public Paratransit Vehicle, or Farm Labor Vehicle must have their examination performed by
a Physician Assistant, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Doctor of Medicine, (MD), or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO). The Medical Examination
Report and Medical Certificate must be signed by the medical examiner who performed the examination. School bus drivers 65 years of
age and older must submit a new medical report to DMV every year. VC 12517.2(a)(b)
Basic Health Requirements for a DMV Physical
The basic requirements for passing a DOT physical exam are:
- With or without vision corrections,
each eye, as well as both eyes combined, need to have 20/40 vision.
- Ability to distinguish color is necessary.
- Hearing needs to be
good enough to notice a forced whisper at a minimum distance of 5 feet.
- Maximum allowable blood pressure is 160/100. Use of prescription
medication to achieve this threshold is permitted.
- An applicant can have diabetes which is controlled through diet or medication.
Diabetes which is controlled though insulin injections is not permitted
- The maximum level of blood sugar an applicant is allowed to
have is 200.
- No use of a Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic or any habit forming drug is allowd.
- In case you are currently diagnosed
with a cardiovascular disease such as congestive cardiac failure, collapse or cardiac insufficiency, then you will be required to
present the Medical Examiner with a stress test along with a note from your physician which states that you are able to drive a commercial
motor vehicle with no restrictions.
Medical Examination Report Review Criteria & Outcomes
The medical report is reviewed by the
department for completeness, legibility, and compliance with the medical standards stated in 391.41 through 391.49FMCSR.
October 1, 2004, DMV will accept only a Medical Examination Report (DL 51) with a revision date of 2/2004 or later, or a current medical
form (containing the new blood pressure guidelines) approved by the Federal Highway Administration or the Federal Aviation Administration.
If the driver does not meet the medical standards or he/she does not adequately compensate for a loss or impairment, the driver may
be scheduled for a reexamination or issued an Order of Refusal.
Medically Qualified With Conditions
When evidence proves the driver
may not be medically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle, but the condition appears correctable, the driver will be contacted
for further information, or a reexamination will be scheduled.
Medically Qualified With Restrictions
Applicants with conditions that
are waivable under federal standards (vision, hearing, and loss or impairment of limb), or previously licensed CDL drivers with other
conditions, may be eligible for a CDL with appropriate restrictions. If the applicant adequately demonstrates compensation, a CDL
may be approved with the following restrictions:
No passengers when driving commercially or transporting material requiring placards/markings
per Vehicle Code 27903 , and
May not drive in interstate commerce.
Medically Disqualified For CDL Only
When evidence proves the driver
is not qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle, but does qualify for a Class C non-commercial driver license, the driver will
be issued only a Class C license.
Quartz Hill Walk-In Medical Group has the DMV Medical Examination Form and the Medical Examiners Certificate (new green card) on premises
for your convenience.
(Includes free follow-up visit if necessary.)
SAME DAY WALK-IN OR SET AN APPOINTMENT. AUTOMATIC
DMV Physical for residents of Lake Hughes, Leona Valley, Quartz Hill, Lancaster, Desert View Highlands, Palmdale, Antelope
Acres, Rosamond, Edwards Air Force Base, Mohave, California City, Agua Dulce, Lake Los Angeles, Acton or any trucker rolling
Quartz Hill Walk-In Medical Group is located in the western Antelope Valley in Quartz Hill
( Lancaster, CA )
bordering Palmdale. We are a full service family practice medical office and urgent care in the high desert.
* You will find other DMV Physicals that are more expensive and less expensive. We have always prided ourselves in being fair and
delivering top quality services. Our clinic has successfully given thousands of DMV Physicals. Others have recently entered this field
so remember, if you run across a bargain basement price, buyer beware.
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