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Joshua's Comment
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Is there anyway to find out what medical card DOT has attached to my CDL? Long story short, my first company did a physical and sent in my medical card to DOT. About 9 months later I obtained a regional/dedicated job and of course that company did a physical but I’m not sure if they sent that one in or not. Basically my newest medical card expires in March but my original doesn’t expire until June. Just trying to figure out if I need to get another physical soon or if I have a couple more months.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Is there anyway to find out what medical card DOT has attached to my CDL? Long story short, my first company did a physical and sent in my medical card to DOT. About 9 months later I obtained a regional/dedicated job and of course that company did a physical but I’m not sure if they sent that one in or not. Basically my newest medical card expires in March but my original doesn’t expire until June. Just trying to figure out if I need to get another physical soon or if I have a couple more months.

I'm no expert, but I would call the DMV. I would 'think' that the most current card would 'trump' the June one. Especially if there were 'limitations,' per se; ie: 6 month or 1 year card, as opposed to a 2 year card.

When my husband switched from asphalt hauling to vans around 5 years ago, the 'newer' card (limit free, thank gawsh) took over the original. Only bummer is, that it's 2 months off from his CDL renewal date. (They were in sync, prior.)

Let us know how it turns out, best to you!

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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It goes from your last physical....so March.

If you were to change companies, say, in Aug and do another physical, then in one or two years the next one would be in Aug.

Laura

Rob T.'s Comment
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The newest card is the one you pay attention to the expiration on. The clinic sends the info in for you? I've needed to either drop it by the DMV in person or email it to them. When I have updated my medical card I will give it a couple days then go to my states website to check my license status. It will show me when my medical card expires.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PackRat's Comment
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Each state is different, in that some will accept the information being sent to them by the medical examiner, where others require the driver to bring their paperwork to the DMV in person.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Joshua's Comment
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Thanks for the responses. I know my first company said they would send it in for me and I believe the clinic the second one had us go to did the same just not sure. I know I go by the one DOT has. I just don’t know which that is since I don’t know if the second one sent that in. Rob T mentioned checking the status on a state website. I may try to find out if my state has that as that answers my main question as I wasn’t sure if states had such info available online. Didn’t wanna just call the hey patrol office and ask as I’m sure that’s frowned upon. If I can’t find that, I will probably just get a new physical sooner rather than later to play it safe. Thanks everyone

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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You should have a copy of your most recent one. The DOT medical card is a Federal document. Each state has rules that determine how they accept it. If you take and pass a DOT physical today and take and fail one tomorrow, you no longer have a med card. You are required to have a copy of your DOT medical card with you and be able to show it to a LEO if they ask.

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.

Joshua's Comment
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I do have a copy of my most recent one. I have both of them. I’m well aware I have to have a copy on me at all times. The question was I don’t know which one DOT has attached to my license. Some clinics and/or companies submit it for you so I’m not sure if my latest one was submitted. Since my first one was still good and I have it on me then I really didn’t care if it was submitted. If it wasn’t then the first one is all that matters. Also to correct you it doesn’t matter if you fail one after passing. If DOT doesn’t have that on record and only have your valid passing medical card attached to your CDL that isn’t expired. You’re good. To avoid issues I will most likely go ahead and get it renewed sooner rather than later though.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Also to correct you it doesn’t matter if you fail one after passing. If DOT doesn’t have that on record and only have your valid passing medical card attached to your CDL that isn’t expired. You’re good.

Hi... and to be clear... you are wrong Joshua.

As a matter of fact Big Scott got his 2 year card then 2 mos later he apploed to another company then failed his DOT physical. This invalidated his card and he lost his trucking job at CFI.

The same goes for new diagnoses. I had surgery and even though i had a card that did not expire for 6 mos, i needed a new physical. If i failed that physical.... the original would not be valid. Also realize the next form you fill out asks you about new conidtions or ailments. Lie and get caught on a federal form and you will have serious issues.

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.

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