Failed Ishihara Color Test NJ DOT Physical

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Chris T.'s Comment
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Hello there forum, I've been studying here in NJ to pursue a CDL. I'm all set to take the knowledge test and get a CLP. I failed the Ishihara color test and the examiner would not allow me to pass. I'm 51 in good physical shape no health problems. I've been driving for years and I'm going on 3 years driving for corporate car service in the NYC metro area, clean driving record etc etc and all the rest. I can see numbers in about 2 out of 10 Ishihara pages.

Should I get another exam somewhere else to see if I can pass?

If I do pass another exam, will this likely be a problem every 2 years?

I'm feeling like I should pursue other jobs, but I want to be sure before I toss in the towel.

Thank you for any info you can share with me.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Travis K.'s Comment
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If I were you, it seems worth it to try another exam. Do you have a family doctor who can help you with this? If not, I would try again. If you find a doctor who is able to "pass you" or assist you with it, I wouldn't see it being a problem every 2 years - so long as that doctor doesn't give up the ghost.

Good luck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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If I were you, it seems worth it to try another exam. Do you have a family doctor who can help you with this? If not, I would try again. If you find a doctor who is able to "pass you" or assist you with it, I wouldn't see it being a problem every 2 years - so long as that doctor doesn't give up the ghost.

Good luck.

Not exactly the best advice. Each company will send you to their own doctor, so if you find one wiling to pass you, the company's doctor may fail you. In addition, everytime you get diagnosed/have a surgery you need a new exam. When you change jobs you take a new one also. Not all cards are 2 years either. If you have any kind of issue you may get a 1 year card.

I personally do not remember taking that test other than at my eye doctor.

I would call around and ask if the companies require it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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