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.
I am the administrator for the Charlotte DOT Exam facility, located in Charlotte NC. I oversee the facility services providing DOT exams in accordance with the standards of the FMCSA. We also provide DOT drug testing with MRO support when required. Drug testing can also be done for non-DOT exams such as pre-employment. In order to minimize wait times, I always encourage our clients to contact us first and make an appointment.
I would also suggest that each individual wanting to test for the CDL health card read the article “Preparing For Your DOT Exam” as it lists several things to bring to the test, such as CPAP usage reports and medicine lists.