The Department of Transportation requires commercial drivers to pass a physical exam performed by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The exam is used to determine medical fitness of the driver and certify that he/she is able to perform their duties while keeping our roads safe. If you are a driver in need of a physical, Dr. Derrick is a certified medical examiner.
The exam will include a thorough health history, vitals check, physical exam, vision exam and a urine analysis. The urinalysis is used to evaluate kidney function, it is not a drug test.
Coming prepared to your exam will assure a smooth, efficient process. Some things you can prepare beforehand include:
- You can fill out your information prior to arriving using the FMCSA medical exam report form.
- A valid driver’s license or other form of photo ID
- Eye Glasses or Contacts. Documentation from your last eye exam may be helpful, especially for any known eye conditions.
- Hearing aid if one is used.
- List of medications including strength, dosage as well as the name and contact information of the prescribing doctor. Documentation/letter from your treating provider is always helpful. Some medications will require further documentation from your provider such as in the case of anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, psychological medications, etc.
- Contact information of any other doctors that you see in case we need any missing medical information.
- Medical release or opinion from your doctor concerning surgeries, medical conditions, illness or injuries currently being treated.
- Medical records for conditions such as diabetes, cardiac disease, sleep disorders, psychological disorders and neurological disorders including seizures.
- If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you must bring your most recent lab results, preferably Hb-A1C. If you are diabetic and being treated with insulin, you will need to have your treating physician fill out an “Insulin treated diabetes mellitus assessment form (mcsa-5870)” prior to certification. Diabetes must be shown to be properly controlled and stable according to your treating physician no matter the method of treatment.
- If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and/or strokes, you will need to bring a copy of your last evaluation (stress test, ECG etc.) AND a release from your cardiologist.
- FMCSA waivers, exemptions or Skills Performance Evaluation (SPE) if applicable.
- CPAP information in the form of a printout report to show compliance for the past 30 days. Contact your CPAP vendor if you need help finding this information.
If you have further questions you can call our office at 605-296-3431 or check the FAQ’s on the FMCSA website.