CMV drivers must obtain a medical certificate from a certified medical examiner listed on FMCSA’s National Registry. Dr. Sproule is listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners – no. 9036033036. California law requires all CDL drivers to meet Federal Motor Carrier qualification requirements under 49 CFR part 391 and have a valid DOT medical card.

California does not issue a commercial driver license that is excepted from driver qualification requirements.

Interstate Non-Excepted The driver must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.

Intrastate Non-Excepted
The driver must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTE: California DMV accepts only the California DMV Medical Examination Report -form DL 51. They do not accept the Federal Motor Carrier Form 649-F Medical Examination Report (long form).

I’m a driver. What should I expect?
Your health history will be carefully reviewed during your DOT physical exam. The physical exam will include:

• Past or recent illnesses and injuries (including head and brain injuries)
• Vision acuity
• Hearing disorders
• Balance & coordination
• Range of motion
• Heart disorders
• High blood pressure
• Muscular weakness or disease
• Diabetes
• Digestion
• Respiratory problems
• Lung, kidney, liver, and nervous system health

Your Physical Exam

We will perform an examination, including
• Health history review
• A thorough physical exam
• A urine test

We’ll complete the Medical Examination Form (CAL DL-51) for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination form and the Medical Certificate. You must pass all DOT physical requirements in order to be cleared for your CDL medical certificate.

Things to be aware of before your DOT physical office visit:

• Insurance does not cover this exam, however some employers may pay for the exam.
• Here is a list of items to bring that may be helpful:
Glasses if vision requires a prescription.
List of medications with dosages.
• If you have a serious or recent heart, lung, or neurologic condition for which you
already see a consulting physician - GET A LETTER OF CLEARANCE FROM THAT
PHYSICIAN before your exam stating you are "safe to drive a truck”.

• Other important info:

• If you think your blood pressure might be above 140/90, check it yourself before your exam If you have Stage I or II hypertension you get only ONE 3 month extension, so PLAN AHEAD!
• Those with sleep apnea require an observed wakefulness test at a sleep lab yearly. If a CPAP, at minimum bring with you a recent CPAP card result printed out by your
machine supplier.

Your Medical Certificate – who has to carry it

After January 30, 2015:

If you have a CDL
you are not required to carry a copy of your medical certificate when you drive unless it’s a new certificate (not a renewal). If new, you must carry it for 15 days.

If you don’t have a CDL but are required to have a medical certificate, you must continue to carry your medical certificate when you drive.

All drivers who have a waiver or exemption must continue to carry a copy of their waiver/exemption letter.

Medical Examiners will continue to provide the driver the original medical certificate and a copy of the CAL DL-51 Medical Examination Form. Drivers must still provide their state licensing agency a copy of their current medical certificate.

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