A U.S. Department of Transportation medical card is required for all people who drive a commercial motor vehicle, or CMV. A DOT medical card is valid for two years -- less if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, which needs to be monitored regularly. The medical card is issued by a licensed medical examiner. A physical is required to make sure the driver is qualified to operate a CMV.
Make an appointment to have a physical examination with your family doctor or another licensed medical examiner.
Get the physical examination. The doctor will make a note of ailments, conditions and surgeries, then describe them on the form. Medications you take will also be noted.
If the doctor finds that you meet the qualifications, she will sign a medical card.
A medical examination report can be downloaded and printed from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, website.
A medical card must be valid to legally operate a CMV. If the card has expired, a new physical examination must be completed before a new one is issued.