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CDL/CLP Medical Examination & Physical Qualifications


You are required to have a Medical Examiner’s Certificate on file with DMV in order to get a commercial driver license  or commercial learner permit:

  • You must submit a copy of a new Medical Examiner’s Certificate to DMV before the previous certificate expires.
  • The copy of the certificate must be complete and readable.
  • You are responsible for knowing when your Medical Examiner’s Certificate will expire.
  • It may take up to 10 business days for your Medical Examiner’s Certificate to be added to your driving record.
  • Federal law allows you to carry the Medical Examiner's Certificate for up to 15 days as proof of commercial driver license or commercial learner permit medical qualification.

Note: If the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has given you a Skills Performance Evaluation Certificate and/or a medical exemption or Oregon DMV has given you a state waiver, you must carry the original or copy of that medical variance documentation at all times when on-duty.


​The Medical Examiner will provide you with a Medical Examiner's Certificate.

  • If your exam was performed on or after April 20, 2016, make sure Form MCSA-5876 is printed on the certificate.
  • If your exam was performed on or after October 27, 2016, make sure Form MCSA-5876, an OMB number and a form expiration date of August 31, 2018 are printed on the certificate.

A Medical Examiner’s Certificate is valid for no more than two years.

  • Some medical conditions may require you to have a physical exam more often and others may disqualify you from driving a commercial motor vehicle.

Take a picture with your smartphone or scan the certificate, and email it to the DMV Driver Safety Unit at:


    Oregon DMV - Driver Safety
    1905 Lana Ave NE
    Salem, OR 97314

Fax:  503-945-5329

In person: DMV Office Locations

List of physical qualifications 49 CFR 391.41

Federal Driver Exemption Program

If you certify that you drive a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce and do not meet the federal physical qualifications, you may qualify for an exemption:

  • Vision;
  • Hearing;
  • Seizure;
  • Diabetes; or
  • Loss or impairment of limbs (arms, hands, fingers, legs or feet).

For Federal Exemption information:

Oregon Waiver of Physical Disqualification

If you cannot meet the federal medical qualifications for commercial motor vehicle operation, you may qualify for an Oregon Waiver of Physical Disqualification.

  • This waiver is available from DMV.
  • It would permit operation of a commercial motor vehicle used in Oregon intrastate commerce or in excepted interstate commerce only.

For State waiver information call Oregon DMV at 503-945-0891.


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