A suspended DOT physical certification can cause a lot of stress and devastation. However, knowing what leads to a suspension and how to get it lifted can help you stay calm and follow the proper course of action to get your suspension raised. Read on to learn how.
Failing to Pass A Drug Test; Follow The Doctor’s Instructions and Work With A Certified Medical Examiner
Drivers can have their Department of Transportation (DOT) physical certifications temporarily suspended for a variety of reasons. Some common examples include failing to pass a drug test, not complying with the medical standards laid out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), or having an unresolved medical condition that could impact driving performance, such as vision or consciousness impairment.
For medical concerns, the usual course of action is for the driver to follow their doctor’s instructions and work with a certified medical examiner (ME) to improve their condition. If the ME determines that the driver is medically fit to drive, they will submit a Medical Examination Report (MER) with an updated Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC). The driver can then present this certificate to [their state driver’s licensing agency] for reinstatement of their DOT certification.
In the case of a failed drug test, the driver will need to undergo an additional screening process and complete any rehabilitation or counseling treatments recommended by [a substance abuse professional] in order to be considered for certification again.
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