The DOT Medical Card is a federally mandated document from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations. Applies to all commercial vehicles. This is regardless of whether they are big, small, or something in between. Covers the medical requirements for anyone who wants to operate a commercial vehicle over 10,000 pounds.
The primary purpose of the DOT card is to ensure that all potential drivers meet certain DOT physical requirements. This will help them avoid being responsible for road accidents caused by driving this commercial vehicle.
It is meant to help with security. If you are a trucker, you are probably familiar with DOT Exams and DOT Drug Tests.
Commercial drivers and Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) applicants must certify the type of commercial driving they do or will do.
Depending on your certification, a current medical examiner’s certificate may be required to be on file with the Department. If a coroner’s certificate is required, it must be valid at all times to avoid downgrading your CDL or CLP. Downgrading will result in the loss of your commercial driving privileges and will require you to complete the knowledge and skills tests again. The notice is provided as a courtesy to you, as a CDL or CLP holder, approximately 60 days prior to the expiration of your current medical examiner certificate to allow you the opportunity to place a new medical examiner certificate on file with the Department.