CDL/DOT Medical Exam

What is DOT/CDL Medical Exam?

For commercial motor vehicle drivers, the most important safety feature is a driver! Each time when you are on the road, you are responsible for your own safety and safety others who share the road with you. Federal law requires drivers of commercial motor vehicles to have the physical examination. These exams are defined as the “Department of Transportation Medical Exam”(DOT). The physical examination you take confirms that you are healthy enough to safely perform the demanding job as a commercial driver. They detect physical, mental, and emotional issues that can affect a driver’s ability to safely drive a commercial vehicle.

If you are operating a vehicle of certain weight, class or passenger capacity, you require to have regular physical exams and to carry US Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Certificate.

Federal guidelines for holding the commercial driver license (CDL) require you to keep a good driving record and to pass a physical exam every 2 years.

A DOT physical exam is valid for 2 years. The medical examiner may also issue a medical certificate for less than 2 years when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such high blood pressure.

DOT medical examiners are specially trained to understand the regulation and prevent drivers from being inappropriately disqualified.

In Englinton Medical, PC, our certified practitioners make it easy for commercial drivers to fulfill Department of Transportation (DOT) regulatory requirements.

WHAT TO KNOW before you visit:

  1. Insurance is not cover DOT physical examination and payment is due at the time of visit.
  2. You may want to complete section 1: Driver information (driver’s portion) of the Medical Examination form prior to your visit to save some time.
  3. Drivers who have high blood pressure: Your blood pressure MUST be below 140/90 of the day of your exam or you may not qualify for DOT certificate.
  4. Drivers who require eyeglasses, contact lenses or hearing aids: Bring your eyeglasses, contact lenses or hearing aids you will be required to pass a vision and hearing test.
  5. Drivers who have diabetes, your blood sugar should be controlled.
  6. Drivers who have heart-related issues, bring a letter from your cardiologist which indicate that you are safe to drive.

Time is valuable, we treasure every second. Here is what you should expect from our clinic during your DOT physical exam:

Step 1: Schedule your appointment. We accept walk-ins but recommend you to schedule your appointment prior to your visit to reduce your wait time.

Step 2: Get your physical examination which consists of your health history review. A thorough physical exam and urine test.

Step 3: We will complete the Medical Examination form including DOT certificate. You must pass all DOT physical requirements in order to be cleared for your CDL medical Card.