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Department of Transportation Medical Examinations

 

Examinations are requested by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (DMVs) by the Federal law. This test is also called “Department of Transportation Medical Examinations.” The DOT physicals detect physical, mental, and emotional issues that can affect a driver from driving a commercial vehicle safely. The DOT medical examiners are mainly trained to know the regulations and to stop drivers from being disqualified unjustly.

 

What Should Be Your Expectation During Your DOT Physical

The Department of Transportation requires some drivers to get regular physicals to make sure that they can drive safely. The DOT physical involves the physical exam, the form and the requirements. If any of the ensuing statements apply to you when driving a commercial vehicle, you must get a DOT physical and carry out a medical certificate

  • You are paid to drive a vehicle that holds 9 to 15 passengers;
  • You drive the vehicle for more than 75 miles from where you report for work;
  • You operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes.
  • The vehicle is with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds.
  • You transport harmful substances in certain quantities

 

DOT Restrictions

Commercial drivers with health problems have some constraint. For instance, a driver that takes injectable insulin for diabetes, cannot get a commercial driver’s license. A 20/40 correctable vision in both eyes is the least any commercial driver can have. Wearing glasses or eye contact lens to improve your vision is allowed by the DOT. To obtain a driver’s license, you cannot use narcotics, amphetamines, or other habit-forming drugs.

 

Driver Health History

The top part of the DOT form must be completed before meeting with the National Certified Medical Examiner The first section includes; your name, social security number, birth date, driver’s license number, address and telephone number. The second part of the form is about the driver’s medical history, where the driver must indicate if he has had any of the following:

  • Brain injuries or nervous disorders
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Loss of hearing
  • Heart attack or heart disease
  • Weakened vision
  • Kidney disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Lost limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Protracted pain

Failure to answer each question truthfully would lead to serious legal problems when caught

 

DOT Physical Exam Procedure

To conform with the federal law, a qualified medical examiner that is on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) must complete your DOT physical form. The qualified medical examiner could either be an advanced practice nurse (APN), doctor of medicine (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO), doctor of chiropractic (DC) or a physician assistant (PA). The medical examiner would evaluate your health history and ask you to list the medications you take daily. We the examiners would also do the following during the physicals:

  • Check your pulse and blood pressure
  • Perform a vision test
  • Observe your general appearance
  • Inspect your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears
  • Pay attention to your heart and lungs
  • Check for spine malformations
  • Perform a nervous exam
  • Press on your stomach to check for abnormalities
  • Perform a hernia check

 

 

 

DOT Physical Forms

After the medical examiner completes all the DOT physical requirements, you will discuss any threats created by your health history. The examiner must file these threats on the DOT physical form and will say if you meet the criteria for receiving a medical certificate card or not.

 

Once you have met the criteria and do not need a constant medical check-up, your maximum certificate would be legal for two years. Sometimes, the medical examiner issues a certificate that lasts for three months, six months, or a year. Also, the examiner would state if you would be wearing a hearing aid or corrective lenses. However, he would not be able to issue a valid medical certificate if you do not meet the criteria.

 

DOT Physicals at Your Convenience

The DOT physicals can now be conducted in a comfortable setting by us.  Same day appointments, little to no wait time, we accept walk-in but you may have a longer wait time, medical card give the same day.

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