A DOT physical, also known as a Department of Transportation physical examination, is a medical examination that is required for individuals in the United States who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or are seeking to obtain one. This examination is mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
How often do i need to get a DOT Physical?
Typically, a passing DOT Physical Exam is required every 24 months. However, individuals with certain medical conditions, such as those taking blood pressure or oral diabetes medications or those with a sleep disorder, may need more frequent monitoring, leading to shorter intervals between exams.
what will my DOT physical include?
- Examination of your medical history.
- Vision and hearing assessments.
- Documentation of vital signs.
- Comprehensive physical examination.
What are the physical requirements to pass the exam?
- Each eye, individually and collectively, should have 20/40 vision (correction permitted).
- Ability to differentiate colors displayed on traffic signals is essential.
- Detect a whispered conversation at a distance of five feet.
- Blood pressure should be maintained below 160/100, and prescription medication can be used if necessary.
- Diabetes management through diet or medication (excluding insulin injections) is required.
- Maintain blood sugar levels below 200.
What should I bring with me to my appointment?
You should carry a current list of your medications and, if needed, your glasses or contact lenses. Additionally, bring your most recent Medical Exam card if applicable. If you’ve received a cardiac disease diagnosis, ensure you pass a stress test administered by your physician and provide documentation of the results.