What Is a DOT Physical and Who Needs One?
A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is an exam that is required for anyone who drives a commercial vehicle. The purpose of this physical examination is to ensure that a commercial vehicle’s driver is mentally, emotionally, and physically fit to operate a commercial vehicle.
This physical is required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Businesses cannot employ commercial drivers who do not have an up-to-date DOT card. The card is valid for 24 months, but the examiner can issue it for less time if a medical condition requires ongoing monitoring.
What Happens In A DOT Physical?
A DOT Physical is a thorough examination conducted by a healthcare provider. During the exam, you will be asked detailed questions about your medical history.
Additionally, you will have examinations of each of the following:
- Physical Examination
- Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate
Medical Conditions That Could Prevent You From Getting DOT
Sometimes, you will not meet the criteria to successfully complete the evaluation. Below are some medical conditions that may affect your ability to pass the exam:
- Uncontrolled or unstable heart conditions
- Epilepsy or seizure disorders
- Menier’s Disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Vision loss that can’t be corrected
- Hearing loss that can’t be corrected
- Use of marijuana, even if prescribed
- Use of illegal substances
- Use of oxygen therapy
- Some respiratory conditions
- Protein in urine
The medical examiner will use their judgment to qualify you based on some of these conditions.
How To Prepare For A DOT Physical
We want you to be prepared before you visit MainStreet for your physical.
Download the DOT Physical Checklist to be fully prepared for your visit, and contact our clinic staff for more information if you have questions or concerns.
Get Your DOT Physical At MainStreet Family Care
MainStreet Family Care is proud to provide high-quality medical care close to home. Whether it is your first time needing a DOT card or your current card expires, our healthcare providers look forward to seeing you.
Please register online or walk into a clinic near you! Registering online reduces in-clinic wait time.
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