How to Obtain a DOT Certification
With more EXP’s looking to obtain their CDL license and execute programs which require you to drive large vehicles to transport vehicle assets, the question of whether or not a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical card is needed always comes up. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the answer to this question is yes! But what exactly is a DOT medical card, and why should you as an EXP obtain one? I will break all of this down below as well as here in my YouTube video.
A DOT physical is designed to assess and test the general health of people who want to drive and operate certain types of commercial vehicles. As an Experiential Marketing professional this can include:
16ft box trucks;
trucks and trailers with a gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more;
anyone with a CDL A or B license.
Experiential marketing as well as staffing agencies are taking extra precautions and are requiring many EXP’s who will be operating any tour related vehicles to obtain a DOT certification. While there is no age limit to receive this certification, you must have the physical abilities to perform the tasks required to pass the physical.
A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination must be conducted by a licensed “medical examiner” listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. Checking your blood pressure, vision, reflexes, and senses, as well as medical history is required to ensure you are able to safely operate a large motor vehicle. I break down what you can expect when completing your DOT physical in the video below and provide you with a FREE list of facilities you can choose from to obtain your physical.
Physicals range between $55-$100 depending on the state in which you reside and the type of test which you are required to take. Many agencies may require additional tests as well as drug screening. If an agency is requiring a physical prior to executing a tour, be sure to check with them as you may be reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses incurred.
Those who complete and meet the requirements of a DOT physical receive a DOT medical card or certificate valid for up to twenty four months. If you have any issues such as hypertension then you may have to renew your medical card at an earlier date.
To learn more about obtaining a D.O.T physical and the process, be sure to download my FREE checklist below and visit the D.O.T government website at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/medical/driver-medical-requirements/dot-medical-exam-and-commercial-motor-vehicle-certification