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DOT Physical Exams

It regulates mental and physical requirements for “safety-sensitive” personnel.

These positions include commercial drivers, airline mechanics, heavy equipment operators, etc. The DOT physical must be passed in order to maintain a commercial driver’s license.

Only certified medical examiners (physicians, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants) are qualified to perform the exams.

Who Needs a DOT Physical?

  • 1
    Operate a motor vehicle for interstate commerce with a gross weight over 10,000 lbs
  • 2
    Operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people
  • 3
    Are paid to operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than eight people

The physical is a thorough “head to toe” examination of the major organ systems. If all requirements are satisfied, then a medical examiner’s certificate, or DOT medical card, will be issued.

What to Expect:

  • 1
    Vital signs measured along with visual and hearing acuity
  • 2
    Screening urinalysis
  • 3
    Review of medical history and medications

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