Will I Pass The DOT Physical?

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Stamos T.'s Comment
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Several years back I was in a really bad place and made an attempt on my life, Thank God for me it was unsuccessful and a turning point in my life. Will this be a problem in passing the DOT Medical history portion when obtaining my CDL?

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome Stamos, I don't think it'll be a question of passing the physical or not. But one of the questions on the long form asks if you ever suffered from anxiety, depression, etc., and you'll have to answer truthfully.

Will it affect your chances of being hired? Perhaps some companies may look at it negatively. Others will look past it and give you a shot.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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One of the best comments I've ever heard is that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Stamos, it sounds like you have learned the hard way how sacred and valuable life is. I really don't know the answer to your question but I would encourage you to try hard and I think you will find a way to be successful.

Solo's Comment
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With HIPAA, how are these physical facilities/hiring companies even able to confirm any of the information given by perspective drivers/employees?

Good, bad, right, or wrong.

Or is it all just based on a good faith system?

Stamos T.'s Comment
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I want to thank all of you for the warm welcome and the support!!! One thing I’ll let y’all know about me is that I’m 24(25 in April) it was one of those things where I can say I was just “young and dumb”. (Not that I’m old and wise now lol) Unfortunately it left me with l1-l4 shattered in my back because I jumped out the 3rd story window of my parents house. I thank God every day that I’m not paralyzed and I know someone was watching over me that day. But Now that I’m over all of that and the years of recovery, I’m trying to start my life and start a lifelong career. Cars/Trucks & anything to do with them have been my passion since I was 2 and I am beyond excited to decide on a company and start learning how to drive a Big Rig!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JoAnne EC's Comment
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With HIPAA, how are these physical facilities/hiring companies even able to confirm any of the information given by perspective drivers/employees?

Good, bad, right, or wrong.

Or is it all just based on a good faith system?

I'm assuming (and we all know about assuming) that you have to sign some sort of ROI (release of information) so they can get pertinent info. Can anyone confirm?

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Stamos, best of luck!

Have you started applying anywhere yet? Keep us in the loop; we're excited for you! =)

Turtle's Comment
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I'm assuming (and we all know about assuming) that you have to sign some sort of ROI (release of information) so they can get pertinent info. Can anyone confirm?

Yeah because of the safety sensitive nature of the profession, certain medical disclosures trump hipaa laws. I can't quote the exact regulation though.

As for how these companies confirm the info, I don't really know.

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