FMCSA Rules and Regulations

A question we often hear is “What are the DOT Physical requirements?”
Here’s a kinda shortened, long version from FMCSA Rules and Regulations.

(For the long, legal version go to FMCSA Part 391.41)

Physical Qualifications for Drivers:

A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person —

Does not have any of the following conditions which may interfere with the ability to control, operate, and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely:

  • No loss of foot, leg hand or arm.
  • No impairment of hand or finger which interferes with power grasping, or no impairment of arm, foot, leg which interferes with ability.
  • No history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes that currently requires insulin for control.
  • No current diagnosis of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, thrombosis, or other cardiovascular disease known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse or congestive cardiac failure.
  • No history or clinical diagnosis of respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with ability.
  • No current diagnosis of high blood pressure likely to interfere with ability.
  • No history or clinical diagnosis of rheumatic, arthritic, orthopedic, muscular, neuromuscular, or vascular disease which interferes with ability.
  • No history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability.
  • No mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease or psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with ability.
  • Has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye, or visual acuity separately corrected to 20/40 or better, field of vision of at least 70 degrees horizontally, and the ability to perceive red, green and amber.
  • Ability to perceive a forced whisper in the better ear at no less than five feet, with or without the use of a hearing aid.
  • Does not use a Schedule I drug, amphetamine, narcotic, or any other habit-forming drug.
  • Has no current clinical diagnosis of alcoholism.