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From Tacoma, Washington, USA:

My father has had diabetes for a little over 10 years now and was just switched from oral medication to insulin. He has been a truck driver his whole life with his Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Next year, when he has his yearly physical, he's not sure if he will pass because of the insulin. The doctor was unable to provide an answer regarding his CDL driving ability. We would like to find an answer soon, to help prepare if a change in career must be made within the next year.


Generally, a physician using medical judgment must certify that based on an evaluation of the physical characteristics of a license holder or applicant, an individual meets the minimum criteria established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and your state motor vehicle administration for the CDL. The evaluation is subjective, although it is based on objective standards. I have heard that, generally, CDL holders or applicants who use insulin have been rejected for not meeting the medical requirements. You can learn more information by contacting the advocacy unit of the American Diabetes Association. If your father is interested in challenging a determination that he does not meet the minimum requirements for the issuance of a CDL, he should consult an attorney who specializes in traffic matters.


Original posting 30 Aug 2005
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