DOT Physicals; What You Need to Know

dot-physical-afc-urgent-care-danburyThinking of driving a commercial vehicle for a living? The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that applicants and holders of Commercial Drivers Licenses be physically examined every two years.

The DOT sets guidelines a person must meet in order to qualify. Potential drivers can also review the Official Medical Examination Report 649-F (6045) that your Medical Examiner will fill out and transmit to the DOT after your physical.

DOT Physicals; What You Need to Know

You will be asked about your medical/health history, including whether you’ve had the following:

  • Loss of hearing
  • Digestive problems
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Alcohol/Drug Use
  • Missing limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Impaired vision
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Chronic pain
  • Paralysis
  • Brain injuries or neurological disorders, Epilepsy or seizures
  • Heart attack or heart disease
  • Respiratory (breathing) Conditions

Drivers will be required to certify that the information they give is accurate and true, and that false or missing information may, and probably will, invalidate their Medical Certificate.

What Does The DOT Physical Exam Include?

The physical exam itself will consist of:

  • Vision Test:

Your eyes will be tested, both separately and together, using a standard Snellen eye chart.

  • Hearing Test:

Your ability to hear, or not hear, sounds and tones at specific distances and frequencies will be tested and evaluated.

  • Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate:

Your blood pressure and pulse rate will be taken, abnormally high readings/hypertension may result in a shorter medical certification.

  • Urinalysis:

Your urine sample will be tested in a lab for blood, sugar, and protein, which might indicate hidden health problems. Note that Drug & Alcohol Testing will be done by the trucking companies during the pre-employment process.

Read more on what to expect and to prepare for in a DOT physical, and know that at AFC Urgent Care we are able to provide the exam as needed, with no appointment necessary. Visit us at either of our Danbury locations, at 2 Main Street, or 100 Mill Plain Road, in Danbury.

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