Advice - DOT Medical Exam And CDL Permit

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Doug S.'s Comment
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I am planning on getting the DOT physical tomorrow. I have recently had to renew my insurance, and I have a prescription for Celexa, a depression medication, waiting for me at the pharmacy. I assume I am going to need a note from my doctor for the medication. My question is - can I get the DOT medical exam before getting this note? Or should I schedule an appointment and get the note first? It may take a week or so to see the doctor since my insurance as not kicked in yet.

I am trying to get the ball rolling here. I am taking the high road program on this site and I have a CDL permit study class at a trucking school on June 9th. If you want to share with me how much you had to study for the test, please do. I am spending a couple of hours a day studying but it makes me retake practice questions so often, even though I usually score 92%.

Then , once I get my permit, I begin training at this school.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I was just looking into DOT physical here in NC. The couple of doctor's sites I looked at said to bring all medications and notes from your doctor with you. I just googled where to get a DOT physical. Hope that helps.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

MindFreak's Comment
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I took that too. I already had my med card and when I got to Texas for Schlumberger they wanted a release from my doctor because I would be getting my CDL. The doctor gave me the release with no problems. Got laid off in the oilfield when the market came crashing down so I decided to go to Swift...they too asked for a release.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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