$90 DOT Physical

Drivers of commercial vehicles are required by the U.S. Department of Transportation to pass a DOT physical exam every 24 months. Your timeline may be briefer if your exam shows worrisome trends that need routine monitoring, such as increased blood pressure, protein or glucose in the urine, cardiac surgery, etc.

The exam is comprehensive, meaning that your physical health, medical history, and current medication list will be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated before the provider completes the paperwork required to record the exam findings. Urine studies are also part of a DOT physical. This study is used to evaluate if there are any conditions present due to complications from a primary disorder such as hypertension or diabetes. Only qualified medical professionals with specialized certification are licensed to perform DOT physicals.  Nurse Practitioner McFarlane is a certified FMCSA medical examiner and is an active member of the National Registry of certified examiners to perform DOT physicals.

On the day of the exam, you’ll have to bring the following with you. You can offset delays in completing the DOT exam by bringing this information with you at the time of your exam. Here’s a checklist of things you should bring (where applicable):

  • Photo identification (Government-issued photo ID such as your State-issued Driver’s License or Commercial Driver’s License; State-issued certified copy birth certificate; Non-expired U.S. Passport or Resident Alien Card.)
  • List of medications, including strength and dosage, for both prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • Eyeglasses
  • Hearing aids
  • Copy of your latest sleep test result (for sleep apnea)
  • Contact information, including names, phone numbers, and fax numbers for all your Physicians
  • Previously issued medical card if applicable
  • Medical records – The DOT requires documentation that you’re under the care of a healthcare professional for any medical condition which could interfere with your ability to drive. If you have a history of heart attack or cardiac bypass surgery, for instance, you’ll need a letter from your cardiologist stating your condition does not prevent you from driving a commercial vehicle. You must bring EKG/ECG results and Stress Test results from your cardiologist.  They must show that you have (1) an Ejection Fraction of ≥ 40; (2) ≥ 6 METS on your exercise tolerance test (stress test). (3) Additionally, you must have documentation from your cardiologist that you are on medications for your condition and are responding/tolerating them well, and that he or she believes you are fit to drive commercial vehicles.

Drivers with diabetes:  If you have diabetes, you are encouraged to bring a recent HbA1C test result (within the last three months).  Drivers with glucose in their urine will be required to take a blood test on-site prior to being issued a DOT Medical Certificate.  The blood glucose test is an additional charge.

Insulin treated diabetics are required to bring to their exam a filled out form MCSA 5870. At the certified medical examiner’s discretion, the individual who does not possess at least the preceding 3 months of electronic blood glucose self-monitoring records while being treated with insulin may qualify to operate a commercial motor vehicle for up to but not more than 3 months.

Drivers with high blood pressure: High blood pressure, for instance, doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from driving a commercial vehicle. However, if your blood pressure reads more than 140/90, you’ll have to bring it down to pass the physical.

  • Tips for managing your blood pressure. To help prepare yourself for the appointment, here are things you can do in the days and weeks leading up to your exam:
  • Take your medication every day as prescribed and on schedule.
  • If you forget a dose, take it as soon as possible if that’s what your doctor recommends.
  • Tell our team if you’ve recently missed a dose so that he can recheck your pressure later on or the following day.
  • Reduce your caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and salt consumption.
  • Exercise regularly.

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    Nurse Practitioner Nadine McFarlane is a board certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner who provides primary care

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