Do I Need To Get My DOT Medical Exam B4 I Get My Cdl Permit?

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lilrichie collins's Comment
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been bugging me like crazy and need to know so i can start getting done any help /advice will be enlighten to me

Bud A.'s Comment
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Okay im not sure bout here in n.carolina because i read the cdl manuel it read vauge to me

Here's the link to the NC DMV websitelink to the NC DMV website with what you need to bring with you to get your permit. From that page:

Medical & Physical Requirements

Many commercial motor vehicle drivers are required to have medical cards. Those who require medical cards are required to bring them at the time of both the original application and renewal.

If questions arise about a driver's physical condition, the DMV may require the driver to submit a completed medical report, before or after certification, provided by the DMV Driver License Section.

The way I read that, in North Carolina you can take the written tests to get your permit without a medical card. When you go to get your actual plastic CDL card after passing the driving test ("original application" means for your full CDL-A, not just a permit), you will need the medical card. If the DMV has questions about your physical condition, you might have to get an additional medical report that they provide.

Five years ago I was able to get a permit without a medical card. I'm going to take the written tests this morning in Huntersville, NC, without one. I'll let you know how it goes.

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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • 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.

    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.

    HOS:

    Hours Of Service

    HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Not sure if yall are from the same state or not but if so then that is great but remember each state does it differently from the others. Some states you have to have the dot physical card before the permit and some you don't. Best to double check it for yourself so you are not scrambling towards the end to get everything done.

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.

lilrichie collins's Comment
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Opps live in n.carolina / wondering the cost of the exam who can do a dot exam/ who cant...

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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DOT physical and drug test are not necessary in order to get a learner's permit. Depending on where you're going to school, company or private, they might require you to get them prior to enrollment.

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.

no chin's Comment
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Just about to say the same thing lol. attending ATI and i had to get both before i went to school because the school required it.

lilrichie collins's Comment
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Wanna go company they want me to get my nc cdl permit but im still wondering on the medical exam . im confused help

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.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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You need to contact your company then and have them explain it to you. ask if you need the DOT physical and drug test, or just the driver's permit. what's confusing?

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.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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I'm guessing since they said to get your permit then that's all you need. But if you're unsure give the company a call and find out.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I had to get the exam before a permit was issued. Why give out a permit if someone is disqualified? Call your DMV not the company, they have the final say.

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Why give out a permit if someone is disqualified?

Makes logical sense, but unless each state is different, you don't need to have a DOT physical or drug test to get a permit. At least that's how it is in PA.

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.

lilrichie collins's Comment
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I had to get the exam before a permit was issued. Why give out a permit if someone is disqualified? Call your DMV not the company, they have the final say.

so to be safe i should call dmv and ask them. but to exact call the company(knight) to verify what is needed/ whats not needed.

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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.

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