On May 21st, 2014, new FMCSA regulations came into effect in regards to how DOT physicals are done. These new requirements are simple and should not affect truckers a great deal.
The regulations basically say that truck drivers, or anyone driving a commercial vehicle, will be required to go to a doctor/clinic that is registered with the National Registry. This move by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an attempt to make sure that DOT physicals are done by physicians that are trained to their standards of testing across the board. Also, there are new record keeping regulations that these doctors/clinics have to follow. Examiners must keep a copy on file for a minimum 3 years and will need to send basic information on the exams performed each month to the FMCSA.
According to the FMSCA website, this new regulation only applies to interstate drivers. Intrastate drivers still need to contact their state and follow those requirements. The website also says that the FMCSA will not transmit data to the state regarding the outcome of individual driver tests. Commercial drivers will still need to provide a copy of their medical card, and long form if required, to their state of residence.
If you are an interstate driver in need of new or renewal DOT physical, you can find a local doctor/clinic at the National Registry website here https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam.
Drivers are still able to go to their regular doctor for their DOT physicals but those doctors must me certified and listed in the National Registry. Any DOT physicals done after May 21st the ME’s (medical examiner) National Registry number on the DOT physical forms; no others will be considered valid.