A Department of Transportation exam reviews your general fitness for driving a commercial vehicle. This DOT physical is valid for 24 months. In very specific cases, the physical exam may be valid for less than 24 months, if the patient has a medical condition that requires monitoring, such as high blood pressure.
Before being examined by one of our providers, you’ll need to fill out the DOT physical form. It requests information about your medical history, so you must inform the DOT if you’ve experienced any of a number of health issues, including but not limited to the following:
Many other aspects of your medical history must also be revealed, including incidences of stroke, psychiatric disorders, dizziness/fainting, and heart attack.
Men and women who take injectable insulin for diabetes cannot get a commercial driver’s license. Your vision must be at least 20/40 in both eyes, and you can achieve this vision level with the correction from glasses or contact lenses.
The use of narcotics, amphetamines, or other addictive drugs precludes your ability to be cleared for driving a commercial vehicle.
A DOT physical is much like an annual exam. We check your pulse and blood pressure as well as observes your general appearance. We’ll look at your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears and listen to your heart and lungs.
We’ll also have you undergo a vision test and neurological exam. Our providers look at your spine for any deformities and checks your abdomen for abnormalities. We’ll also review your medical history and ask you about any medications you regularly take. You may also be asked to take a urinalysis.
When our healthcare providers determine you’re healthy enough to drive a commercial vehicle, we give you a copy of your physical exam form. We also complete a Medical Examiner’s Certificate that you present to obtain your commercial license.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!