DOT physicals are medical exams required every 2 years through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This exam is performed by one of our certified medical examiners at Vitality Internal Medicine of Tempe. It shows that the person is physically, mentally and emotionally qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Completing and passing the DOT physical exam allows you to maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) and operate commercial vehicles.
DOT physicals are quick, easy and minimally invasive. During your exam, you will be asked about your medical history and any medications you are currently taking. The examiner will check your blood pressure, pulse, and overall physical appearance. They will check your eyes, throat, nose, back and spine. They will also perform a vision test, neurological test and check for hernias. Once you pass the examination, you will receive your DOT medical card.
Common Questions About DOT Physicals:
What do you need to bring to your DOT physical?
Bring any glasses, contacts and/or hearing aids if you have them. Write down a list of any medications you are currently taking to share with your medical examiner. Bring any medical records you may have regarding conditions such as diabetes, cardiac disorders, sleep disorders, neurological disorders, etc. Also, bring any FMCSA waivers you may have.
How should I prepare for your DOT physical?
Avoid drinking coffee or energy drinks the day of your DOT physical exam. The caffeine can interfere with your blood pressure reading. Avoid eating salty foods during the week of your physical exam, salt can also raise your blood pressure. Avoid sugary foods or eating a big breakfast the morning of your exam. These can raise sugar levels in the urine, which is a diabetes warning sign. You will want to eat a light, high protein, low salt, low sugar breakfast the morning of your DOT physical exam. Eggs are a good option. Don’t forget to bring eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids if you wear them. Also remember to bring a list of any medications you are taking.
Are DOT physicals covered by insurance?
No, DOT physicals are generally not covered by insurance. Often, employers will cover the cost. Vitality Internal Medicine offers affordable cash-pay options for DOT physical exams.