DOT Physical Exam
by Appointment Only
IMPORTANT Steps before you call for an appointment:
1. Review and fill out Our DOT Checklist: Click Here for the 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 employers to perform a urine drug screen simultaneously 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. Still, 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 to 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 and 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: