Please see below for information about the new Medical Certification forms.
For a quick start, this is what you want to learn from the Guidebook, to make sure you’re prepared for your DOT Physical:
- Know the physical qualifications for certification
- Understand how the physical exam relates to your job requirements
- Know what you need to have with you before you get to your appointment, so you can get it done right, first time!
- If you have health conditions that are being treated by a primary care physician, make sure you have the necessary documentation before you get to your DOT Physical appointment.
- Find a Certified Medical Examiner that’s convenient for you.
… then you’ll be able to get your Medical Card without hassle.
A Note From DOTPhysicalDoctors on the new Medical Certification Forms
PDF Versions of the forms are available at these links on the FMCSA website:
- Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA-5875 (long form)
- Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876 (medical card)
The Physical Qualifications Have Not Changed
The physical qualifications (FMCSA regulations and guidelines) to be applied by a medical examiner to qualify drivers for a medical card have not changed, even though the forms have changed.
The differences you’ll notice:
- The forms ask for more information than the previous forms.
- Medical examiners are being required to submit more information to support their qualifying decisions, especially where medical conditions exist. This means medical examiners are being more thorough than some used to be, regarding existing medical conditions.
What this means for drivers:
- Be well prepared before you get to your DOT physical appointment.
- Choose your medical examiner wisely!
- Find a DOT physical doctor who understands the big picture of commercial driving, and the lifestyle challenges you face.
- You want to be evaluated by an medical examiner who considers your overall health condition and fitness to drive.
- Just going to any examiner who may disqualify you on a checklist item on the form, may cost you lost time, lost money, or even your job.
Wiser Is Better.
Choose Your DOT Physical Doctor Wisely!