The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a specific set of guidelines for the type of drivers that require a DOT physical exam. It’s important to schedule a DOT physical if:
A DOT physical exam ensures you’re healthy enough to operate a commercial motor vehicle, without putting yourself or others at risk.
There are several important items you should bring to your DOT physical, including:
If you have a chronic medical condition, you also need to bring a note from the doctor who manages that condition to your DOT physical exam.
Medical Access has a team of licensed medical examiners who specialize in DOT physicals. On the day of your DOT physical, arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. This gives you plenty of time to fill out an occupational health registration form and the medical history portion of the Medical Examination Report, form MCSA-5875.
During your appointment, your provider conducts a comprehensive physical exam. They measure your height and weight, check your vision and hearing, assess your heart rate and blood pressure, and order a urinalysis.
Your provider also orders a NIDA-5 panel drug screen with MRO to test for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), and opioids. After receiving the results of your blood tests and urinalysis, your provider completes any necessary paperwork and determines if you qualify for a medical examiner’s certificate or DOT card
If you have an underlying medical condition that increases your risk of an accident, such as vision issues or sleep apnea, you may not receive approval. In many cases, you can remedy the disqualifying factor with regular check-ups and a custom treatment plan.
If you’re in good health, you need a DOT physical exam to update your medical certificate every two years. However, if your provider at Medical Access has concerns about your health and how it may interfere with your driving, then you may need more frequent updates.
The DOT physical is a mandated exam that can only be conducted by a qualified medical examiner. To schedule your DOT physical, call the nearest Medical Access location today, or book a consultation online.