FOR TEXAS: Question About DOT Medical Renewal

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PhantomTrain's Comment
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Howdy y'all!

It's been a while since my last post where I was inquiring about if trucking would be a good move for me. I mentioned that I would do some research about it and decide based off of that. Well, I'm happy to announce that I plan to pursue a career in trucking! I have a plan laid out and everything, but I had one final concern.

I went in for my DOT Medical Exam this morning and I think I jinxed myself. I had a headache before I went in, so I took some Excedrin. I didn't realize that it could have an impact on my blood pressure until I left the clinic. Regardless, they approved me for a year.

For those of y'all in Texas, if my medical cert is good for a year and they find nothing wrong when I renew, does the deadline then increase to two years or am I stuck with the one year deadline? If the one year deadline is permanent, it's no big deal. I was just curious. Looking forward to hearing back!


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.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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As long as you are not put on BP meds, when you go in one year, if it's normal (140/90 is considered too high) then you will get a 2-year card.

Did they recommend that you see a doctor about your elevated blood pressure? I would get it checked in a couple months and see what it's doing. If it comes down, you're good. However if it's still over the above pressure I posted, then you need to go talk with your doctor about getting it down.

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