DOT Physical Exams
Price - $75
The Department of Transportation has specific criteria which drivers are required to meet, which is evaluated through a DOT Physical exam.
These are described in the Code of Federal Regulations.
DOT physical exams assess a person’s:
- visual acuity
- respiratory, cardiovascular, and kidney function
- and medical history
DOT Exam Frequently Asked Questions
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Before you come to your physical, bring a complete list of all medications with dosage amounts and the prescribing doctors’ names and addresses. If you’re a driver with medical issues, you’ll have to bring documentation from your physician. Below are a few examples:
Drivers With Vision or Hearing Problems:
- Bring contact lenses, glasses, or any device you normally use to see
- Hearing aids
Drivers With Heart Issues, Brain Tumors, or Previous History of Strokes:
- A detailed history of your health and a letter that designates you as safe to work from your cardiologist or neurologist.
- For heart issues, results from a recent stress test or cardiogram test
Drivers With Permanent Limb Loss:
- A Skilled Performance Examination (SPE)
- An overview from your doctor about any work restrictions of the injury
*recommended to wear loose and comfortable clothing.
All DOT physicals must be completed by a medical examiner licensed by the FMCSA. In the first part of the physical, you will need to fill out a medical examination form with your detailed medical history. This form can also be filled before the appointment to save time.
For the medical checkup, your doctor will test:
- Vital Signs
- Urinalysis (FMCSA requires testing for specific gravity, protein, blood, & sugar.)
- External and internal health including, but not limited to: motor skills, heart & lung sounds, neurological reflexes, sleep apnea risk factors, & functional movements of the spine and extremities.
Person’s not able to qualify under DOT requirements may qualify for the Federal Driver Exemption Program or Oregon Waiver of Physical Disqualification. For more information visit Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services.
If you’re a bus or truck driver, you’ve most likely heard of the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. Required to ensure the public’s safety and your safety, this check-up verifies employees are in the best of health to work safely. Here’s everything you need to know about the DOT physical.
Be prepared to provide a full and complete health history. Usually this can be filled out ahead of time which saves us time in the office. If you are taking any medication this is where we will document the name of the prescription, the dosage amount, how long you have been taking that prescription at the
current dosage and the intended purpose of the medication.
- Expect to provide any documentation for any on-going/chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, etc.
- Medical releases for any injuries, surgeries, etc. may be requested.
- You will need to provide a urine sample that will be tested for Blood, Glucose, Protein and Specific Gravity. This is not a drug test.
- Basic vital readings such as height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure will be checked during your physical. This exam will cover many different body systems that the Department of Transportation requires medical examiners to check.
Wear comfortable clothing & bring all applicable documentation which includes:
- photo identification
- medical clearances letters and recent testing documents (such as stress tests results, sleep test results, CPAP compliance, HbA1C readings etc.)
- A list of medications, corrective lenses, & hearing aids, etc.
A DOT (Department of Transportation) medical card is typically required for individuals who operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in the United States. The need for a DOT medical card is governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which sets regulations for the safety of commercial drivers.
You generally need a DOT medical card if you:
Operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV): This includes vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,001 pounds or more, vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver), and vehicles used to transport hazardous materials.
Engage in Interstate Commerce: If you drive across state lines as part of your job, you are involved in interstate commerce, and a DOT medical card is required.
The medical examination ensures that drivers are physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle safely. It includes assessments of vision, hearing, blood pressure, and overall physical health.
It’s important to note that the specific requirements can vary by state, and some states may have additional regulations. Additionally, the frequency of medical examinations can vary, but they are typically required every two years. However, certain medical conditions may require more frequent examinations.
If you are uncertain about whether you need a DOT medical card or have specific questions about the requirements, contact our office today!
The best practices for managing your blood pressure include:
- Get adequate restful sleep
- Make sure you are hydrated starting the day before your appointment
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and salt consumption the day of your appointment
- Take your medication as directed by your prescribing physician.
- Make sure you double check your appointment time.
- Reach out to the office if you have any questions.
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CDL Medical Card Exams
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates a DOT physical for everyone applying for a commercial vehicle driver’s license.
Who needs a CDL Medical Card?
- Vehicles that carry more than 15 people or more than eight people if the driver is paid
- Vehicles that transport hazardous material and have a placard
- Vehicles that have a gross combination weight of 10,001 pounds or more
DOT Physicals near Portland, OR
In need of a DOT Physical near the Portland, Oregon area? Our service city areas include:
- Happy Valley
- Powell Valley