Wanting to come clean

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by goldcoconut, Jun 22, 2021.

  1. goldcoconut

    goldcoconut Bobtail Member

    Jun 21, 2021
    Back story: I got my CDL at a local college earlier this month. We had our DOT physicals on day one and I answered "no" to most everything. I realize I was naive for thinking this way but treated it like a dental office visit where they ask all these medical history questions just to clean your teeth. Reality is that I have a few medical issues, none that are disqualifying, but I am having regrets about doing so now that I'm seeking employment and have read that if an accident were to occur my whole medical history will be probed. And, I don't want to lie if/when an employers conducts a physical either. Rather than live a life of lies, I feel compelled to come clean about my medical history so I can live and drive with a clean conscience.

    My question is, can I go get a DOT physical on my own dime and have it replace the current one, or will this get me flagged for lying on the first physical?
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  3. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    If you get a new DOT card, it supersedes the previous one, and is the currently used for status by your state. You would also need to make it available to your employer. I don't think there would be any repercussions from the state, but your employer might not be happy about it and cause you grief. Why not just report accurately when the current card expires and you need to take it again?
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  4. goldcoconut

    goldcoconut Bobtail Member

    Jun 21, 2021
    Thanks for the reply.

    I’m not yet employed by anyone, but started researching my bad decision once I finished school, and want to fix this before even showing up for a job. I know they may send me for their own physical, but I’d like to square away my mistake before I even hit the road or apply for work.
  5. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    Charlotte, N.Carolina
    if they are non-disqualifying ,why bother. it's none of their business.
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  6. clausland

    clausland Road Train Member

    Dec 5, 2014
    North Woods
    Sometimes it's just better to let sleeping dogs lay....
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  7. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Hampton Virginia
    There is a good possibility the FMCSA will look at BOTH physicals. Especially if they are very close together date-wise. They do this to check for "doctor shopping". In your case, I think you will be fine and the FMCSA will leave the first one alone. I have two general comments though. First one!
    ^^^^^^^^ This is sage advice and what I would have suggested had this person not beat me to it.

    Next point, I don't know what these conditions are and don't want to know. If a DOT Medical Examiner has found you fit to drive then that's how it goes. YES, it is true some carriers are tighter than others on some conditions. However, they will ask you about this during the hiring process. You are also right about accidents. Last year I was privy to such a lawsuit over a driver passing out and doing damage to property. This driver was a type 2 diabetic with out-of-control diabetes. I later learned about 45 CFR 164.512(e)(1)(i) when an Attorney here in Hampton Virginia got such a court order!

    (e) Standard: Disclosures for judicial and administrative proceedings -
    (1) Permitted disclosures. A covered entity may disclose protected health information in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding:
    (i) In response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal, provided that the covered entity discloses only the protected health information expressly authorized by such order;

    Regardless of your physical. If you have private medical records and an Attorney shows cause to get a discovery order your privacy rights under HIPPA won't cover a court order. This is why I HIGHLY suggest you just leave that 1st physical alone and go find a job! Good chance any new employer will want you to take another physical anyway!

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  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Many companies won't hire a driver with health issues, even if the issues aren't disqualifying.
    Companies can make the DOT physical as stringent as they want to and it's legal.
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  9. Solo Soul

    Solo Soul Light Load Member

    Jun 9, 2021
    This means I will not be 100% honest in my DOT physical ;)
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  10. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    Let it ride. In no time you’ll be due another. Some of the questions rediculous anyway. Ever have headaches? Unless it’s something serious, like Seizures, or black outs, Diabetes, something that’s a obvious threat to safety, Making you Liable, I wouldn’t worry. Best thing to do is only list necessary items. Keep a copy of the long form. Keep your story straight for next time. Lol.
  11. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Road Train Member

    Jan 25, 2017
    Don’t do it.
    No news is good news.
    Health problems ? What health problems ?
    I’ve been in trucking a long time and the less said the less stated the better.
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