What does DOT certification mean?

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What does DOT certification mean?

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Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are required to undergo a physical exam as part of ensuring that capable, healthy drivers are behind the wheel of these large, powerful vehicles. This exam is a requirement of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and must be done by a licensed examiner who has completed the requirements needed to be on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. After a passing physical exam, the examiner - examiners include doctors (MDs), doctors of osteopathy (DOs), physician assistants (PAs), advanced practice nurses (APNs), and doctors of chiropractic (DCs) and more - will give a copy of the results to the individual driver and also complete a Medical Examiner's Certificate.

The CMV driver's vehicle is likewise inspected by a DOT inspector to ensure vehicle safety. If the driver and the vehicle are deemed safe an capable, the driver will get his/her DOT certification.

The National Academy of DOT Medical examiner is a helpful resource for more information about the certification process and requirements.

For more information about this certification, check out this article: How do you get a DOT certification?.

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