Blood Pressure and Your DOT Exam

A generally healthy blood pressure is required to pass the DOT physical, and there are different ranges of blood pressure health that may be permitted for certification.

  • Two-year DOT medical certification: A blood pressure reading under 140/90.
  • One-year DOT medical certification: A top number of 140-159 and a bottom number of 90-99.
  • Three-month temporary DOT certification: A top number of 160-179 and a bottom number of 100-109. The attending physician may recommend blood pressure medication, and the driver can be tested again for a one-year certification if blood pressure has gone down.
  • Unable to receive DOT medical certification: A blood pressure reading of 180/110 or higher is considered stage 3 hypertension and DOT medical certification may not be possible. The driver may be given treatment options and can test again at a later time for a re-check, to get a six-month certification.

*If you blood pressure is controlled with medication, and is under 140/90, the maximum certificate will issued is for one year.

blood pressure and your DOT exam