Get Your CDOT Physical/CDL Medical Exam in Colorado
To get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Colorado, you need to get a CDOT physical from a qualified medical examiner. Rocky Mountain Urgent Care and Family Medicine can help. Our doctors can provide convenient and reliable physicals for any number of organizations, including the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
Wondering what it is we’re looking for? Any physical should give you a snapshot and overview of your health. With this in mind, any number of medical conditions may disqualify you, but there are a handful of conditions that commonly exclude applicants from passing their CDL/CDOT physical including poor vision, diabetes (when requiring insulin), seizures, cardiovascular and respiratory issues, alcohol abuse, and drug use (including marijuana).
For the most part, your Colorado CDL is administered by CDOT, but there is also a federal agency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, that regulates the trucking industry. They issue federal guidance for DOT medical exams, including the Medical Examiner Certification and National Registry.
How much does the exam cost?
$80. Some companies will pay some, or all, of the exam cost, but many people will have to cover this cost themselves. Ask your employer about any financial assistance they may offer before your appointment.
How long will the exam take?
In most cases, we can get you in and out in under an hour. Whether it’s getting back out on the road or spending as much time as possible with friends and family, we know how precious your time is. We encourage you not to wait till the last-minute, but we’re a great last-minute solution for procrastinators as well. We can’t make any promises, but we try to make same-day appointments when requested. You’ll never have to wait long to get your exam done and submitted to the state.
How long is the CDL physical good for?
The medical exam is valid for 24 months. If you do not get a new exam, your CDL will be subject to cancellation and/or being downgraded to a regular driver’s license. Under certain circumstances, especially for a renewal, the medical examiner has the right to shorten this time period. If your blood pressure is too high, for example, a medical examiner may have you take steps to lower your blood pressure and come back for another physical in 6 or 12 months and while still letting you maintain your CDL status.
How do I submit the medical exam information to CDOT?
There are several ways to submit the information. One of the easiest ways, if you get your exam at Rocky Mountain Urgent Care, is to have us fax it over for you. You can submit it online, another popular option for people who have gone through the state’s online application system. Other options visiting your local driver’s license office, emailing a scanned copy to email@example.com, or mailing it to this address:
Colorado Department of Revenue
Attn: CDL Unit
PO Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350