Many professional drivers are required to get physicals on a regular basis. Our certified practitioners make it easy for commercial drivers to fulfill (DOT) regulatory requirements.
Everything you need to know about the exam
When you become a truck driver you are required to have a DOT physical. If you are going to be operating commercial motor vehicles a DOT physical exam is required. Drivers need to be able to safely operate their vehicle and a DOT physical ensures there are no health issues which would prevent that from happenings.
What to expect during a DOT physical
Your DOT physical is going to look at your current health status as well as your medical history to determine if you are physically fit to drive a commercial motor vehicle. The following tests are all part of the overall exam:
- Vision and hearing tests
- Blood test, to check for high blood pressure or other medical conditions
- Urinalysis, as part of drug and alcohol testing
These are all included in the DOT exam as well as a current physical examination.
What should I bring with me?
To make sure you have everything covered and your medical history is complete you will want to bring the following with you:
- Medical history
- List of prescription medications, and dosage, that you currently take
- Glasses or let them know if you wear contacts
- Hearing aids
How often is a DOT physical required?
CDL drivers must take the DOT physical every two years. If you have a condition that needs monitoring, such as high blood pressure, you may be required to get a physical more often. Once you have passed your DOT physical the doctor in charge will give you a certificate. If your employer needs a copy directly from the physician you can sign and waiver and have them request that.