DOT (Department of Transportation) Physical Exam
(by Phone appointment Only, please do not schedule online)
IMPORTANT Steps before you call for an appointment:
1. Review and fill out Our DOT Checklist:
2. Please Wear Loose Clothing
3. Expect to submit a urine specimen – which is used for screening for potential medical conditions such as diabetes. It is NOT used for drug testing, although it is not uncommon for many commercial vehicle operators to also be required by the employers to also have to perform a urine drug screen at the same time as they report for their DOT exam (initial or annual.)
A DOT Exam is a special exam performed by a CERTIFIED medical practitioner who has passed the required course and is listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) registry. These CERTIFIED examiners can be a medical doctor (MD), a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), a physician assistant (PA), an advanced nurse practitioner (APN), and a doctor of chiropractic medicine (DC).
The DOT medical exam is valid for up to 24 months, but the medical examiner CAN issue a medical examiner’s certificate for less than the full 24 months if they determine the person should be monitored for a condition more frequently.
Once completed, the medical examiner provides the commercial motor vehicle operator with a copy of the results and completes the MEDICAL EXAMINERS CERTIFICATE. It is the responsibility of the Certified Medical Examiner (or designee) to submit the results of the CMV driver examinations into the National Registry on a regular and consistent basis.
What to Expect
The actual physical exam is conducted to assess the driver’s ability to tolerate the health risks associated with prolonged sitting as well as the physical and mental health to ensure that there are no conditions that might interfere with the ability to operate a vehicle safely.
In general, they assess the following: