Truck Driver Training & The DOT Physical

The DOT physical is the most important part of all truck driver qualifications.  The reason being, you cannot officially begin truck driver training at a trucking school without passing the DOT physical.  The DOT physical is critical to ensure you are healthy enough to operate a truck in a safe manner on the road for you and other drivers around you.

So before you start truck driving training at a trucking school, we want you to take the time to understand the requirements of a DOT physical for your CDL License.

Just to give you an overview, here is a quick list of some DOT physical requirements:

  1. You must have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye. Glasses or contact lenses are acceptable to correct a driver's vision.
  2. The requirement (updated Jan 2019) is that you can currently be treating diabetes under an approved physician plan.  Oral medications are allowed.  Insulin injections require completion of mCSA-5870 form by treating physician within 45 days of DOT physical.  
  3. Your blood pressure must meet the following criteria
    • 140-159/90-99 for 1 year certificate
    • 160-179/100-109 for a 3 month temporary certificate at examiners discretion
    • Greater than 180/110 is disqualifying

* Prescription medication to control blood pressure is permitted.

  1. Your blood sugar level must be under 200 for a fingerstick test or under 10% for a A1C test.
  2. Use of medications varies. Please see your physician, contact your local DOT office, or visit
  3. If you have a current diagnosis of cardiac insufficiency, collapse, congestive cardiac failure or any other cardiovascular disease you will be required to provide the Medical Examiner with a stress test (needs to be performed within the last 12 months) along with a release from your physician stating that you can drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions.

Other factors or conditions which could prevent you from obtaining the required DOT clearance include: sleep apnea, recent back injury, recent major surgery, a current hernia, or recent workmen's compensation claims. If you have questions about your medical health, please consult your physician before beginning the training program.