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Is Having Diabetes An Automatic DOT Disqualifier?

The strict testing of the DOT physical is meant to protect the lives of those who may be driving, as well as other drivers on the road. Dr. Erin Merrill, a certified medical examiner, is passionate about helping navigate all the ins and outs of the DOT physical exam.

When it comes to diabetes and being eligible to drive commercially with a CDL, a lot of questions can arise. Is having diabetes an automatic DOT disqualifier? (No.) Can I still drive if I’m switching to insulin? (Yes.) How long do I need to be on insulin before being approved to drive? (It depends.) We know that some of the rules and regulations for acquiring and keeping a CDL while having diabetes can be confusing, so here are a few answers to some commonly asked questions. Read more