Company DOT physical

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  1. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Bobtail Member

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    I have a 2 year DOT card that I obtained in September. The state has the 2 year date recorded on my new CDL.

    I’m looking at joining one of the big companies as a new CDL driver. They do a new DOT physical with their own doctors. If for some reason they certify me for less than 2 years, would that new card be reported to the state and supersede my existing 2 year card?
     
  2. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Yes, the newest physical supercedes the older one.
    Some companies don't require a new physical as long as your current card has a few months left on it.
     
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  3. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    You have to register it your self, they do not do it, they do cancel your old one.
     
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  4. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Bobtail Member

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    That sounds ####ty that they have the authority to override and cancel an existing one. Do all DOT certified physicians have that ability?
     
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Yes. If your concerned about something, then go with a company that doesn't require a new physical.
     
  6. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Bobtail Member

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    I guess I am a bit. In all likelihood there won’t be any issues, as I work hard on staying in shape. But one never knows.
     
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  7. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    It is not called ability, it is called requirement, from what the doc told me.
     
  8. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks, it’s helpful to understand how this all works.
     
  9. Lpirtle

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    This makes me wonder then.. what if the Older physical still has plenty of time on it but you failed a physical after getting the original one.
     
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  10. starmac

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    The failed one is what you now have, that is one of the reasons they are required to cancel the old one, even if it is just a week old.
     
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