Department of Transportation (DOT) Physicals and Drug/Alcohol Screenings

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.