If You Get A Medical Certificate Are You Set To Get Hired?

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James K.'s Comment
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I know companies do a background check but if You take medication but passed a medical exam can You definitely get hired or do companies have their own medical standards with medications?

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I know companies do a background check but if You take medication but passed a medical exam can You definitely get hired or do companies have their own medical standards with medications?

Howdy, James !!!

I saw in your last post/thread .. your listing of the meds you are on, for apparent reasons. If you have passed an FMCSA DOT physical ...it will be up to each individual company as to what they do &/or don't allow. Even though the 'docs' approved you, each company has their own 'reach' if you will; depending upon their insurance mandates, as well.

Did you get a 2 year, 1 year (or less) card & longform? Just wondering; that may matter, too. None of your meds sound 'dismissive' .. but my name isn't Rob Low (Prime) .. lol.

Seriously advise you to apply within, and study up (and ask away!) here :

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Once you read and think through the above 4 links, you'll see if trucking is even for you. The study guides and practice can be overwhelming, in and of itself. Try it out!!

Apply with the link I shared above, and BE HONEST about your meds! One 'nope' can sure yield 5 yesses! Happens all the time.

We always recommend company paid training, especially in your situation. The COMPANIES WILL PAY for further (if needed) testing of any & all issues (or non) with your health background. That could get pricey to do on your own.

IMHO, I'd proceed, accordingly. Mention all as you have, above and on the other thread, honestly, keeping IN MIND that each company WILL want to send you to their OWN doctor . . and double check what your personal DOT doc performed to clear you for your CDLP, and yes; this is S.O.P..

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Wish you well,

~ Anne ~

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

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The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

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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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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Some will accept your medical card, then some wont. see a lot of ads saying "Must have medical" nut I think most are smaller outfits, not Mega carriers (CRST accepted mine when I started 2 years ago)

Banks's Comment
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When I first went to FedEx, I had a brand new medical card. It was maybe a week old. They said "we don't care about that, you have to see our doctor".

The company itself will have very little, if anything to say about your health or medications you're taking. It's mostly up to the doctor administering the exam.

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.
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