To get a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical, you’ll need to schedule an examination with a certified medical examiner. The DOT physical is a requirement for commercial drivers to ensure they meet the medical standards necessary for safely operating commercial vehicles. Here’s what you need to know and bring for a DOT physical:
Find a Certified Medical Examiner:
Locate a certified medical examiner in your area who is listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. You can find this information on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website.
Schedule an Appointment:
Contact the certified medical examiner’s office to schedule a DOT physical appointment. Some medical examiners may allow walk-ins, but it’s generally recommended to schedule in advance.
Bring a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license or another government-issued photo ID.
Medical History Information:
Be prepared to provide information about your medical history. This may include details about chronic conditions, medications you are taking, surgeries, and any other relevant health information.
Bring a list of any medications you are currently taking, along with their dosages. The medical examiner may want to know about prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Medical Records (if applicable):
If you have a history of certain medical conditions or have had recent surgeries, it may be helpful to bring relevant medical records or notes from your primary care physician.
Eyeglasses or Contacts (if applicable):
If you wear eyeglasses or contacts, bring them to the examination. The medical examiner may check your vision during the physical.
Hearing Aids (if applicable):
If you use hearing aids, bring them to the examination.
Be prepared to pay the fee for the DOT physical. Payment methods may vary, so inquire about accepted forms of payment when scheduling your appointment.
Urinalysis (Drug Test):
Some medical examiners may require a urinalysis (drug test) as part of the DOT physical. Be prepared to provide a urine sample if requested.
Complete Medical Examination:
The certified medical examiner will conduct a thorough physical examination, assessing your general health, vision, hearing, blood pressure, and other factors.
Once you successfully complete the DOT physical, the medical examiner will provide you with a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), commonly known as a DOT card. This card indicates that you have passed the physical examination and are medically qualified to operate commercial vehicles.
It’s important to note that the DOT physical must be conducted by a medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Always check with the medical examiner’s office regarding any specific requirements or documentation needed for the examination.