What to Expect During Your DOT Physical

DOT physical, DOT physical exam, DOT physical form, DOT physical requirementsThe Department of Transportation requires drivers to get regular physicals in the state of Maryland to make sure they can be safe on the road. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

  • You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; you drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes
  • You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes
  • You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

DOT Restrictions

There are some restrictions for commercial drivers who have certain health problems. If you take injectable insulin for diabetes, for example, you cannot get a commercial driver’s license. You must have at least 20/40 correctable vision in both eyes. The DOT does allow you to wear contact lenses or glasses to improve your vision. You cannot use narcotics, amphetamines, or other habit-forming drugs if you want to obtain or renew your commercial driver’s license.

Driver Health History 

Before meeting with the examiner, you must fill out the top part of the DOT physical form. The first section has room for your name, Social Security number, birthdate, driver’s license number, address, and telephone number. The second section asks about your medical history. You must indicate whether you have had any of the following:

  • Brain injuries or neurological disorders
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Loss of hearing
  • Heart attack or heart disease
  • Impaired vision
  • Kidney disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Missing limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Chronic pain

You should answer each question truthfully, or you could face serious legal consequences in the future.

Potomac DOT Physical Exam Procedure

If you want to comply with federal law, a qualified medical examiner must complete your DOT physical form. A qualified examiner may be a provider, provider’s assistant, or nurse practitioner. The examiner will review your health history and ask you to list the medications you take on a regular basis. During your Potomac, Maryland DOT physical, the examiner will also do the following:

  • Check your pulse and blood pressure
  • Perform a vision test
  • Observe your general appearance
  • Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears
  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Check for spine deformities
  • Perform a neurological exam
  • Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities
  • Perform a hernia check

DOT Physical Forms 

Once the medical examiner completes all the DOT physical requirements, you will discuss any hazards created by your health history or current medical condition. The examiner must document these hazards on your DOT physical form and determine whether you meet the standards for receiving a medical certificate.

If you meet the standards and do not require periodic medical monitoring, your certificate will be valid for two years. In some cases, the medical examiner will issue a certificate that lasts for only three months, six months, or one year. The examiner will also note whether you must wear a hearing aid or corrective lenses. If you do not meet the standards, the examiner will not be able to issue a valid medical certificate.

DOT Physicals at Your Convenience 

Physicians Now offers DOT physicals in a comfortable setting. If you need a physical to renew your medical certificate, call our Rockville urgent care center to schedule an Reserve your spot.

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