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Your Health, Our Priority: Convenient DOT Physicals for Safe Journeys

Our DOT Physical Exam service ensures that commercial drivers meet all health and safety requirements for the road. With convenient scheduling, thorough examinations, and a commitment to your well-being, we make staying compliant simple and stress-free. Your safety is our top priority.

Your Health, Our Priority: Convenient DOT Physicals for Safe Journeys

Our DOT Physical Exam service ensures that commercial drivers meet all health and safety requirements for the road. With convenient scheduling, thorough examinations, and a commitment to your well-being, we make staying compliant simple and stress-free. Your safety is our top priority.

What is DOT?

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a physical exam that is required of people who drive commercial vehicles. The point of a DOT physical is to make sure that people who are driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), such as large trucks and buses, are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires this testing for the safety of the public.

DOT physicals are required in order to obtain a commercial driver’s license.

They’re used to determine your overall physical health and ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle. These determinations ensure that you’re medically qualified to handle the intense schedule, physical demands, and emotional stress of operating commercial vehicles, under all types of conditions.

DOT physicals are required for drivers who:

  • transport hazardous materials that require their vehicles to display a hazmat placard
  • are paid to operate motor vehicles that carry more than eight people
  • operate motor vehicles that carry more than 15 people
  • operate motor vehicles that have a gross combination weight rating of over 10,000 pounds

Once you pass a DOT physical, you’ll receive a medical certificate that allows you to drive a commercial vehicle for 2 years, provided you have no underlying physical or mental condition that requires testing more often.

What to Bring to a DOT Physical

To make sure the exam runs as smoothly as possible, drivers with certain medical issues need to bring the appropriate documents or items. For example:

  • Drivers with vision or hearing problems must bring their eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids
  • Drivers with diabetes must bring the most recent lab results from their Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC) and their blood sugar logs
  • Drivers with heart-related issues must, at minimum, bring a letter from their cardiologist that outlines their medical history and current medications, and indicates that they are safe to work

What the DOT Physical Covers

The physical exam will cover a dozen different categories:

  • General appearance
  • Eyes (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.)
  • Ears (scarring of tympanic membrane, perforated ear drums, etc.)
  • Mouth and throat (to look for problems breathing or swallowing)
  • Heart (murmurs, extra sounds, pacemaker, etc.)
  • Lungs and chest, not including breast examination (abnormal breathing, impaired respiratory functions, cyanosis, etc.)
  • Abdomen and Viscera (enlarged liver, viscera, muscle weakness)
  • Vascular (abnormal pulse, carotid, varicose veins)
  • Genito-urinary (hernias)
  • Extremities (limb impaired)
  • Spine, other musculoskeletal (previous surgery, limitation of motion, tenderness, etc.)
  • Neurological (impaired equilibrium, coordination or speech pattern, ataxia, asymmetric deep tendon reflexes)

A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA. It is up to the Medical Examiner to determine if a candidate meets all the requirements, and to mark the report to the best of their knowledge.

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