As a commercial truck driver, you must meet certain medical standards set forth by the Department of Transportation. These medical standards are in place to ensure both your safety and the safety of others while on the road. All valid CDL drivers are held to these standards, which must be met before you can obtain either a Commercial Learners Permit or a Commercial Driver’s License.

Physical Exam

To obtain and keep your Arizona CDL, you’ll need to undergo a physical exam performed by a physician or medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Prior to your physical, you will be asked to provide a detailed personal and family medical history. You will also be asked about any medications you are currently taking for health conditions. The exam itself will measure health indicators that include height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, visual acuity, and hearing. You must be truthful throughout your exam; failure to be truthful or disclose certain health facts may be considered a civil penalty.

Current Medical Examiner Certificate

Once you have passed the physical exam, you must file a copy of your current Medical Examiner Certificate with the Arizona MVD. Your current Medical Examiner Certificate is valid for 24 months, after which time you will need to undergo another physical to obtain a new one. You will receive a notification 45 days before your current Medical Examiner Certificate expires to remind you to schedule a new physical. Failing to keep a valid and current copy of your Medical Examiner Certificate on file could result in the suspension or revocation of your CDL.

You can find out more about the requirements to obtain your CDL when you visit Phoenix Truck Driving Institute on the Web. Our goal is to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain your CDL in Phoenix, AZ. Call us today at (877) 205-5372 or stop by one of our open house events to learn more. You can also read more about trucking and your health on our blog.