If you are a healthcare professional, you may be wondering how to become a DOT medical examiner. No matter if this is for personal or professional reasons, there are some steps you will have to follow to become certified to perform DOT certified physicals. The first step is to be registered on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).
The NRCME is a federal program that outlines the training and requirements medical and healthcare professionals must undergo before becoming a DOT medical examiner. To be listed on this national registry, which is accessible to a number of carriers, agencies, and the public, you must be trained and tested on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) physical qualification standards and guidelines. The NRCME training for medical examiners must be completed before registering with FMSCA and applying for NRCME inclusion.
When you have completed your training, you must contact the FMCSA. You will then receive a unique National Registry number. This is the number that will be listed with your name on the National Registry.
Once you have received your email containing this unique registry number, you can begin to take the NRCME certification test. This test is administered by specific organizations. You must contact these organizations directly to learn the process and schedule your certification test.
Finally, once the FMCSA has all of your information and certifications, they will do one final check of your application. If everything is in order, you will receive a notification that the process is complete. An official certificate indicating that you are on the National Registry will also be sent out. No medical examiner is permitted to perform physical qualification examinations of interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers until this official certificate has been received.