DOT Physical Examination

Now offering DOT Physical Exam at our Oak Creek location:
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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the group governing DOT physicals and health professionals who are certified to provide these services, a DOT physical is required when a driver is operating a commercial vehicle across state lines (also called “interstate driving”), that:

What is Included in a DOT Physical Examination?

A DOT physical exam includes the following:

  • Medical History

    During a DOT physical, the driver will provide medical, surgical history and medications history.
  • Vitals Testing and Physical Examination

    Vitals includes pulse, height, weight, and blood pressure. The FMCSA also requires urinalysis, which looks at the protein, blood, and sugar in a urine sample to rule out underlying medical problems.
  • Vision Testing

    In addition to more general testing, the FMSCA requires vision testing to ensure drivers are meeting the standard of at least 20/40 vision acuity in each eye with or without correction (glasses or contacts) and at least 70° field of vision in horizontal meridian measured in each eye (the area of visibility for each eye’s line of sight).
  • Hearing Testing

    This is often tested through a whisper test, a test in which the examiner will record the distance from the driver at which a forced whispered voice can be heard. Hearing can also be evaluated through an audiometry test. An audiometry test is a way to measure the ability to hear sounds at different frequencies to determine if the driver has experienced hearing loss.
  • Physical Examination

    A physical examination is required to examine the various body systems, including skin, heart, lungs, the neurological system, and more.
  • Drug Screen

    Although it is not part of the DOT physical exam, the DOT also requires a drug screen which can usually be completed at the same time as the physical examination.
Professional DOT Physical Examination

How to Prepare for a DOT Physical Exam

In general, the DOT physical exam takes approximately 45 minutes. Before arriving for a DOT physical, it is important for the driver to gather the necessary information and documents to bring. The driver should bring:

A valid driver’s license
Employer Authorization Form (if you are being sent by your employer)
List of current medications
List of past surgeries and medical conditions
List of any allergies

Additionally, if the driver has any pre-existing conditions may require to bring additional documentation. Examples of additional documentation include a copy of a stress test or echocardiogram for those with a Coronary Disease or completed medical exemptions for vision, hearing, or seizure disorders.

What Happens after the Exam?

Upon finishing the physical exam, the examiner will complete his or her assessment and complete the required physical paperwork. The provider can certify a driver for the full two-year period or chose a shorter time period if medically necessary. Some health conditions require routine annual monitoring while others may just need a shortened initial monitoring period while other testing is performed. A certification card will be provided to the driver at the conclusion of the visit. If the provider does not have enough information at the time of the exam, and approval isn’t possible, the exam may be suspended while the additional information is gathered.


Or contact Care Coordinator Shane Hawpetoss at 262-312-9095 or [email protected].

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