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DOT FAQs
Updated On: Mar 30, 2012
  1. If the driver admits to regular alcohol use, and based on responses on the driver history, further questioning or additional tools such as CAGE, AUDIT or TWEAK assessments, may the examiner require further evaluation prior to signing the medical certificate?
  2. Can CMV drivers be qualified while being prescribed Provigil (Modafinil)?
  3. Is the certification limited to current employment or job duties?
  4. What medical conditions disqualify a commercial bus or truck driver?
  5. Is a release form required to be completed in order for the employer to legally keep the medical certification card on file?
  6. What is the age requirement for operating a CMV in interstate commerce?
  7. Is getting a medical certificate mandatory for all CMV drivers in the United States?
  8. Are CMV drivers who operate in interstate commerce required to have a medical certificate?
  9. What is the protocol if the Medical Examiner's Certificate gets damaged, lost or unreadable?
  10. What are the hearing requirements for CMV drivers?
  11. Can a driver receive a hearing waiver?
  12. When is audiometry required?
  13. What is a waiver? An exemption?
  14. Will my employer have access to my medical evaluation?
  15. What will the FMCSA do after the agency receives my request for a waiver?
  16. Who signs the medical certificate?
  17. Who is required to have a copy of the Medical Certificate?
  18. Why are the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension important?
  19. Is Narcolepsy disqualifying?
  20. Is Proteinuria disqualifying?
  21. Who can serve as a Medical Examiner and perform DOT physical exams?
  22. Can a driver be qualified if he is taking Methadone?
  23. Can I apply for an exemption from the hypertension standard?
  24. What if the certifying doctor is no longer available?
  25. If a driver had a Myocardial Infarction (MI), followed by coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) several months ago, should he have an ETT (exercise tolerance test) as recommended in the MI guidelines but not in the CABG guidelines?
  26. Is Sleep Apnea disqualifying?
  27. May I request reconsideration if I am found not qualified for a medical certificate?
  28. Where may I obtain an application for an epilepsy waiver?
  29. Is the Medical Examiner required to repeat the entire physical examination if the driver is only returning for blood pressure check? How is the new blood pressure documented?
  30. Can a driver who takes nitroglycerine for angina be certified?
  31. How soon may a driver be certified after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery?
  32. Can a driver be qualified if he/she is having recurring episodes of ventricular tachycardia?
  33. If I am a medically certified pilot, can I legally operate a CMV?
  34. What is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration?
  35. Can a driver on oxygen therapy be qualified to drive in interstate commerce?
  36. How can I get a copy of my medical evaluation file?
  37. Are the DOT medical examinations covered by HIPAA?
  38. Why is the DOT physical examination important?
  39. Who can give a waiver or exemption?
  40. What should I do if I have an idea or suggestion for a pilot program?
  41. If a driver with hypertension has lowered his blood pressure to normal range, lost weight, and is off medications, can he/she be certified for 2 years?
  42. What information should the Medical Examiner have available to decide if a driver is medically qualified?
  43. Are there duties related to the FMCSA medical certification?
  44. For how long is my medical certificate valid?
  45. What am I required to do if the FMCSA grants my exemption?
  46. May a Medical Examiner qualify a driver who has blood in his urine?
  47. How do Medical Examiners differ from Medical Review Officers?
  48. Are holders of Class 3 pilot licenses required to have another physical for commercial driving?
  49. What medical criteria are required to obtain a medical certificate?
  50. How long will it take the agency to respond to my request for a waiver?
  51. Can I get a waiver if I have had a single unprovoked seizure?
  52. What does the medical examination involve?
  53. Does the FMCSA set any guidelines for Medical Examiner fees associated with conducting medical examinations?
  54. Is Meniere's Disease disqualifying?
  55. Can carriers set their own standards for CMV drivers who operate in interstate commerce?
  56. What is the effect on driver certification based on FMCSA hypertension stages?
  57. What are the criteria used to determine if a driver with lung disease can be certified?
  58. What are the differences between the medical standards and the medical advisory criteria and the medical guidelines?
  59. How long does it take to get my medical certificate once my medical examination is complete?
  60. Can a driver who has a condition that causes excessive daytime sleepiness be certified?
  61. My medical certificate is still valid. Am I prohibited from operating a CMV if I have a medical condition that developed after my last medical certificate was issued?
  62. What is a satisfactory exercise tolerance test?
  63. Can I still get a medical certificate if I have a medical condition that is being treated by a physician?
  64. As a Medical Examiner, can I disclose the results of my medical evaluation to a CMV driver's employer?
  65. Where can I find the FMCSRs?
  66. May a driver who has non-insulin treated diabetes mellitus (treated with oral medication) be certified for 2 years?
  67. Do drivers need to carry the medical certification when driving a CMV?
  68. Is the driver required to provide a copy to the employer?
  69. Can I report a driver operating without a medical certificate? What protection can I expect as a whistleblower and to Whom would I report it?
  70. Am I required to have a medical certificate if I only operate a CMV in my home State (intrastate commerce)?
  71. Who determines if a pilot program should be initiated?
  72. What is the basis of FMCSA's recommendations regarding high blood pressure?
  73. How do I request a waiver/exemption?
  74. Does my driving record affect my eligibility for a medical certificate?
  75. What is a pilot program?
  76. Are CMV Drivers required to be CPR certified?
  77. What medications disqualify a CMV driver?
  78. What is the ANSI Standard?
  79. If a driver has had surgery for Meniere's Disease, is the condition disqualifying?
  80. Who should I contact if I have questions about the status of my application for a Vision or Diabetes exemption?
  81. Can a CMV driver be disqualified for using a legally prescribed drug?
  82. When may I request a waiver/exemption?
  83. Can I drive a commercial vehicle after having angioplasty/stents inserted into my heart?
  84. Is it possible to get exemptions for some medical conditions?
  85. Are government employees exempt from routine/yearly physical examinations?
  86. I operate a CMV in the United States but reside outside of the United States. Can I use my foreign medical certificate?
  87. Who should I contact if I have questions about the information I am required to submit to the FMCSA to obtain a waiver or exemption?
  88. Can a driver be qualified if taking prescribed medical marijuana?
  89. Is there a "grandfathering" provision for the Vision and Diabetes standards?
  90. What tests are used to determine if a driver has adequate hearing to drive safely?
  91. Can a Canadian driver apply for a Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) certificate to drive in the United States?
  92. Is the employer legally responsible for paying for the DOT medical examination?
  93. Are motor carriers legally obligated to provide air conditioning in commercial motor vehicles?
  94. As a Medical Examiner, can I disclose the results of my medical evaluation to a commercial motor vehicle driver's employer?
  95. How can I get more information or apply to serve on the Medical Review Board (MRB)?
  96. What is the Medical Review Board?
  97. What happens if a driver is not truthful about his/her health history on the medical examination form?

 
 
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