Who Needs To Have a DOT Physical?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) a DOT physical is required when a driver is operating a commercial vehicle across state lines (or what is called interstate driving) and meets one of the following;
- A combined gross vehicle weight of 10,001 lbs or more
- A person who is compensated and transports 9-15 passengers (counting the driver)
- A person, regardless of compensation, who transports 16 or more passengers (counting the driver)
- A person who transports hazardous materials in quantities that require placarding under the hazardous materials regulations
Can Care Station Help With This Requirement?
Absolutely. Our trained and certified staff are able to assist with the examination and testing necessary to meet your requirements. These exams may take 45-60 minutes. So you may find it easier to schedule a visit, but walk-in patients are always welcome.
What You Should Expect During a DOT Physical
Physical Examination – We will evaluate your basic health including height, weight, blood pressure, and physical capabilities.
Medical History – We review the medical history of the patient and determine if any past surgeries, medication usage, or health conditions would lead you to be unfit, and unsafe, to perform the duties required.
Vision Testing – 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 (contacts or eyeglasses) and at least 70° field of vision horizontally.
Drug Screen – The DOT also requires a drug screen which can be completed at the same time as the physical examination.
What You Can Do To Be Prepared?
- Make sure you have a government-issued ID on hand.
- Prefill the Authorization Form found here.
- Make note of medications, dosage, and your medical history.
The Physical Is Done, Now What?
Once the physical exam is completed the examiner will complete the required paperwork. The provider can certify a driver for up to a two-year period, or shorter based on results from the examination.
If all the necessary information is available during the exam, a certification certificate will be provided at the conclusion of the visit. If information is pending or incomplete, the approval can be suspended until everything is completed.