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DOT Physicals Specialist

Priority Health Group

Primary Care Practice & Internists located in Las Vegas, NV

The Department of Transportation mandates that drivers of commercial vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, buses, and some vans, have a regular physical certified by a licensed “medical examiner.” PHG provides such DOT exams to residents who live in and around Las Vegas. Call our office, Priority Health Group, or use the online booking tool to make an appointment for this required exam.

DOT Physicals Q & A

What is a DOT exam?

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.

What information must I provide on the DOT form?

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:

  • Brain injuries or neurological disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Impaired vision
  • Loss of hearing

Many other aspects of your medical history must also be revealed, including incidences of stroke, psychiatric disorders, dizziness/fainting, and heart attack.

What medical conditions preclude me from passing a DOT physical exam?

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.

What should I expect at a DOT physical?

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.

How do I submit a DOT physical to renew my commercial license?

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.