DOT Physicals - Cost $75
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Commercial drivers are required to receive a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical at least once every two years or sooner depending on health history.
What to bring with you to your DOT Physical
You will need to bring a list of your current medications, dosages, why you are taking the medication and how long you have been taking each medication. This includes over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements. If possible, bring a clearance letter from your prescribing doctor explaining why you are taking the medication and if you are cleared to drive a commercial vehicle without risk.
It is also recommended you bring a copy of your most up-to-date medical records, including information on any hearing or vision disorders. Bring your glasses, contacts and/or hearing aids with you to the exam if worn.
If you know you are required to have special tests or waivers please bring a copy with you to the exam as well.
During the DOT Physical you will be screened for:
- Vision/Hearing disorders
- High/low blood pressure
- Heart/Lung disease
- Vascular disorders
- Physical disability
- Neurological disorders
- and other health issues that could prevent you from safely operate a commercial vehicle
If you’re a bus or truck driver, you’ve most likely heard of the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. Required to ensure the public’s safety and your safety, this check-up verifies employees are in the best of health to work safely. Here’s everything you need to know about the DOT physical.
Who Needs a DOT Physical?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates a DOT physical for everyone applying for a commercial vehicle driver’s license. This includes people who operate:
- Vehicles that carry more than 15 people or more than eight people if the driver is paid
- Vehicles that transport hazardous material and have a placard
- Vehicles that have a gross combination weight of 10,001 pounds or more
What Does a DOT Physical Consist Of?
All DOT physicals must be completed by a medical examiner licensed by the FMCSA. In the first part of the physical, you will need to fill out a medical examination form with your detailed medical history. This form can also be filled before the appointment to save time.
For the medical checkup, your doctor will test:
- Blood pressure
- Urinalysis (drug testing)
- External and internal health including, but not limited to: motor skills, lungs, neurological reflexes, heart conditions, sleep apnea, and limb impairments.
What to Bring to a DOT Physical
Before you come to your physical, bring a complete list of all medications with dosage amounts and the prescribing doctors’ names and addresses. If you’re a driver with medical issues, you’ll have to bring documentation from your physician. Below are a few examples:
Drivers With Vision or Hearing Problems:
- Bring contact lenses, glasses, or any device you normally use to see
- Hearing aids
Drivers With Heart Issues, Brain Tumors, or Previous History of Strokes:
- A detailed history of your health and a letter that designates you as safe to work from your cardiologist or neurologist.
- For heart issues, results from a recent stress test or cardiogram test
Drivers With Permanent Limb Loss:
- A Skilled Performance Examination (SPE)
- An overview from your doctor about any work restrictions of the injury