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CDL/CLP Medical Examination & Physical Qualifications

This page shows the requirements and qualifications needed to acquire an Oregon Commercial Driver License (CDL) or commercial learner permit (CLP).

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To qualify for a CDL or CLP you must undergo a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical examination performed in accordance with CFR 49 §391.41 and CFR 49 §391.43.

After May 21, 2014, the medical examination may only be performed by a medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. 49 CFR, Part 390, Subpart D describes the requirements to be listed in the National Registry. Additional information about the National Registry is available at: http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/.

The examiner will provide you with a Medical Examiner's Certificate. You must submit a copy of the Medical Examiners Certificate to DMV before original issuance of a CDL or CLP. You must maintain a valid, unexpired Medical Examiner's Certificate on file with DMV. The copy you send to DMV must be complete and legible. If it is not, ask your examiner to complete one that is before you leave the examiner's office. To retain your commercial driving privileges, you must then send a copy of a new Medical Examiner's Certificate to DMV before the previous certificate expires.

Required Forms

If your medical examiner does not have the required forms, they may be obtained directly from the FMCSA web site.

Your examiner also has the option to complete your DMV copy of the Medical Examiner's Certificate using an on-line form.


Medical Examiner's Certificates are valid for no more than two years. Some medical conditions may require you to have a physical examination more frequently and others may disqualify you from driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

Physical Qualifications

Physical qualifications are listed in CFR 49 §391.41.

If you do not meet the vision, hearing, seizure or diabetes physical qualification standards or have a loss or impairment of limbs (arms, hands, fingers, legs or feet) and want to operate an interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV), you may be able to satisfy alternative physical qualifications or qualify for an exemption. Ask your examiner to complete your Medical Examiner's Certificate as described on our web page, Information for CDL, CLP and CMV Medical Examiners, and contact the Oregon State office of FMCSA at (503) 399-5775 for additional details.  Information is also available on the FMCSA web site.

If you cannot meet the federal medical qualifications for CMV operation, you may qualify for a Waiver of Physical Disqualification. This waiver, available from DMV, would permit operation of a CMV used in Oregon intrastate commerce or in excepted interstate commerce only. Ask your examiner to complete your Medical Examiner's Certificate as described on our web page, Information for CDL, CLP and CMV Medical Examiners, and call (503) 945-0891 for specific details.

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