Occupational Health Clinic
March 7, 2013

Individuals who drive commercial motor vehicles are required to have a valid commercial driver's license (CDL). In addition, these individuals must have a Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME) certificate, which confirms that the person meets the medical criteria required to drive a commercial motor vehicle, as outlined by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Commercial motor vehicles include vehicles that:

  • have a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater; or
  • are designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, for compensation.

Because Vanderbilt Shuttles and Vandy Vans are considered commercial vehicles, drivers must meet the medical requirements to obtain a CDME certificate.

As a Vanderbilt shuttle or Vandy Van driver, you must obtain your CDME from the Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic (VOHC). Plase note, drivers can't use a CDME card from a non-VOHC provider to drive a Vanderbilt commercial motor vehicle. Upon clearance, a Medical Examiner's certificate will be completed and provided to you.

What to expect during your visit:

Your visit will include a medical history review, a physical exam, a hearing test, and a vision test. Further testing may, in some instances, be needed before you can be cleared. The VOHC provider will give you instructions on what to do if further testing is needed.

For Additional Information:

US Department of Transportation FMCSA Reculation 391.41 Physical qualifications for drivers

US Department of Transportation FMCSA reculation 391.42 Medical examination; certification of physical examination​