How Do Drivers Prove They Meet The Physical Qualifications To Operate A Commercial Motor Vehicle?
A motor carrier (employer) must have documented proof that the driver is physically qualified before the driver is able to begin driving a CMV. Additionally, the driver must remain physically qualified at all times he or she is driving the CMV. Different medical documentation is required for different types of drivers. For example, an interstate driver who does not hold a CDL must have a current, valid medical certificate and proof of verification that the medical examiner was listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. This National Registry is a listing of medical examiners who have completed specific training and exams necessary to become certified to perform medical exams on commercial drivers. On the other hand, an interstate driver who does hold a CDL must have a current motor vehicle record showing that the driver is medically certified and proof of verification that the medical examiner was listed on the National Registry. In obtaining a medical certificate from a qualified medical examiner, a driver can go to anyone who is licensed, certified, and/or registered in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations to perform physical examinations. Examples of qualified medical examiners are doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and doctors of chiropractic.
According to the FMCSA, the purpose of these standards are to make certain drivers do not have any physical or mental conditions which could seriously affect their ability to control or operate a motor vehicle safely under all conditions. For example, a driver with a history of cardiovascular conditions could seriously impede on the safe operation of the motor vehicle.