Why Do I Need a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)?
Many states require commercial drivers to take a specialized physical examination designed to establish the driver has the physical ability to safely perform the duties of a professional driver. The specifics of the exam may vary from one state to another, but the basics are the same. Those who seek to obtain or maintain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) must take and pass the test in order to receive a passing Medical Examination Report (MER), and certificate.
CDL licensing is required for professional drivers who;
- Operate a vehicle holding nine or more passengers
- Cover a distance of 75 miles or greater
- Provide transport for interstate commerce
- Operate a vehicle approximating 10,000 or more loaded pounds
- Transport hazardous materials
Are There Restrictions For Getting a Commercial Driver’s License?
The Department of Transportation prohibits persons with the following conditions from possessing a CDL;
- Less than 20/40 correctable vision in both eyes
- Uses habit forming narcotics or amphetamines
Additional restrictions include, but are not limited to:
Brain injury or neurological disorder, Epilepsy and seizures, Hearing loss, Heart disease, Impaired vision, Kidney disease, Digestive disorders, Psychiatric disorders, Dizziness or fainting, Paralysis, Stroke, Missing limbs, Spinal cord injury, Chronic pain. Persons exhibiting these or similar signs cannot be granted a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) to qualify for their CDL.
You will answer a series of questions to verify that you do not have any condition which might preclude you from obtaining your CDL. Answering any of those questions dishonestly can lead to serious legal consequences.
If you have any additional questions about commercial driver’s licenses or the restrictions on them please don’t hesitate to contact us today.