The vision screening is administered with a standard Snellen eye chart. Each eye is tested and then both eyes together. The current standard is at least 20/40 in each eye, with or without correction. You will also be asked to distinguish between red, green and amber colors.
Upon entering the exam area, you will be prompted to step onto a digital scale to check your weight. Next, your height will be measured using a stadiometer. There are no minimum or maximum height and weight requirements specified by FMCSA.
While seated, the examiner will inquire about any “YES” answers provided on pages 1 and 2 of the medical examination report form. Your blood pressure will be measured and recorded along with pulse rate and rhythm. A second reading is optional and will be recorded if necessary.
A forced whisper hearing test will be administered while seated on the exam table. The current standard states that the driver must be able to first perceive a whispered voice at no less than 5 feet, with or without hearing aids. At this time, the examiner will also check your horizontal field of vision.
The physical exam is comprehensive, but generally includes auscultation of the heart, lungs and abdomen, eye and ear exam, and assesses your strength, reflexes and range of motion. All findings are recorded on page 3 of the medical examination report form.