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WELLNESS

Keep on Truckin'

Move forward with your DMV & DOT-certified medical examination for commercial drivers.

What We Offer

It’s never been more clear than in the last two years that delivery drivers and commercial vehicle operators are what keep the world running. If you are a truck driver or hold a Commercial Driver License, the Department of Transportation requires you to submit a medical report every two years. These medical evaluations must be performed and certified by a licensed doctor.

Fortunately, Ken Starr, MD’s Wellness Group is now offering DOT Medical Certifications for the state of California. Now you can have your certifications completed by your trusted providers at our clinic! Call us today to learn more or click here to schedule a consultation.

What is a DMV physical for DOT?

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) must obtain from anyone who is applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) a particular and specific medical examination, which requires the completion of state and federal forms to provide medical clearance for CDL drivers. Medical clearance must also be obtained for a person starting the process with a commercial learner’s permit (CLP). Dr. Ken Starr has certification in the State of California to perform these DMV physicals and complete the required paperwork.

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Why is a DMV / DOT physical exam performed?

California, like every state, requires special DMV physical examinations and certification clearance for certain types of commercial vehicle drivers. Some states require taxi and limousine drivers to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). A CDL must also be obtained and carried by truck drivers (where the gross vehicle rate or gross combination weight is up to a certain limit), bus/van drivers (up to a certain capacity of passengers), and any vehicle used to transport hazardous materials.

Anyone considering getting a commercial driver’s license should know the conditions under which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations would disqualify a person based on his or her history. According to these laws, physical qualifications for drivers does not allow the issuance of a CDL if that person has now, or has had certain health conditions that would impair their ability to drive a vehicle, including:

  • Loss of a foot, leg, hand or arm

  • Impairment of a hand or finger, arm, foot, or leg, or any other significant limb defect or limitation

  • A medical history of diabetes requiring insulin

  • A clinical designation of many types of heart diseases and conditions

  • A condition of respiratory dysfunction

  • A clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure

  • A medical history of arthritic, orthopedic, rheumatic, muscular, neuromuscular or vascular disease

  • A mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease or psychiatric disorder

  • Certain visual problems possibly with or without corrective lenses, including color blindness

  • A hearing problem possibly with or without a hearing aid

  • A history of a controlled substance or drug use or diagnosed alcoholism

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What does a DMV / DOT physical exam involve?

As a certified provider of DMV physical exams for DOT in the State of California, Dr. Starr will perform a thorough examination and submit certain samples for laboratory work, plus complete the necessary documentation forms required by both the state and the federal government. The last step of the process involves Dr. Starr signing and submitting the forms both to the state and to the federal government, along with his own assessment.

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If you are interested in learning more about DOT/DMV physical exams for CDL with Dr. Ken Starr, contact our office in Arroyo Grande

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(805) 242-1360

107 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

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Certified by the State Department of Health Care Services | License #400010AP | Exp 8/31/25

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