What To Expect at Your DOT Physical Exam

DOT physical exam is a type of examination that is needed for commercial vehicle drivers. An updated physical examination must remain on file with the Department of Transportation at all times. The examination is valid for up to 24 months from the date it was performed. There are a few things you should know about this type of exam.

Who Is Required to Have a DOT Physical Exam?

A DOT physical exam is required for most individuals who have CDL licenses. These licenses are typically issued to drivers who operate commercial vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more. In addition, a CDL may also be required for some drivers who transport hazardous materials in quantities that meet guidelines that require a placard to be used or drivers who transport 16 or more individuals, including the driver.

In any circumstance, a DOT physical is required for drivers who:

  • Transport any amount of hazardous materials
  • Operate any type of motor vehicle for interstate commerce
  • Operate vehicles that transport 15 or more people
  • Are paid to transport eight or more people
  • Operate a vehicle for interstate commerce that has a gross combination weight (GCW), gross vehicle weight (GVW), or (GVWR) or gross combination weight rating (GCWR) over 10,000 pounds.

What Does the Exam Involve?

A DOT physical examination is a type of examination provided by a licensed medical examiner. The examiner will determine whether a person is physically able to control and operate a commercial vehicle. During the examination, a medical examiner will conduct a physical examination and review your medical history. The physical examination may include:

  • Vital test
  • Vision test
  • Hearing test

They will verify whether you have any emotional, mental, or physical conditions that impact your ability to operate the vehicle safely.

Schedule Your DOT Physical Exam Today

If you need a DOT physical examination, contact our team at Northern Medical Center today. All of our doctors are board-certified, so you can rest assured knowing they are well-qualified to provide you with top-quality care at every step. Contact our Middletown, NY, office by calling (845) 800-5118 to schedule an appointment for your DOT physical.

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