What is a DOT physical?
A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam is a medical exam required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for commercial motor vehicle drivers. DOT physical exams help determine whether a commercial vehicle driver is physically and mentally fit to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). DOT physical examinations help test the general wellness of a professional driver and screen for any mental or neurological medical conditions that may affect a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle. You must pass a DOT physical to receive a commercial driver's license (CDL).