What Is DOT Physicals and Why You Need It?
Commercial drivers need to be aware of DOT physical requirements. If you are a commercial driver, or if you work in a field that requires you to drive for work, then you need to know about DOT physicals.
A DOT physical, also known as a Department of Transportation medical exam or CDL physical, is an examination conducted by a certified medical examiner to ensure that drivers meet the minimum health standards to legally operate a commercial vehicle. The purpose of the DOT physical is to help ensure that drivers are physically and mentally capable of safely operating commercial vehicles in order to protect the public from accidents and injuries caused by impaired drivers.
In order to qualify for a DOT physical, there are certain requirements you must meet. These requirements include proof of identity, insurance information, current medications, vision test results, hearing test results, and any other pertinent health information. The examiner will also review your medical history for any conditions that may affect your ability to drive safely.
You must also undergo a physical examination and drug screening during the appointment. The exam will include vision and hearing tests, blood pressure measurements, urinalysis, and other assessments of your physical and mental health. Drug testing is usually performed as part of the appointment.
Once you have completed all requirements for the DOT physical, you will receive either a medical examiner’s certificate or a denial depending on whether you pass or fail the exam. A medical examiner’s certificate is valid for up to 24 months, while a denial may be appealed if necessary.
It is important to note that not everyone who meets the minimum qualifications can pass a DOT physical. If you have any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart problems or mental health issues, you may need to provide additional information or receive special waivers in order to be approved.