Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the DOT Physical Important?


The Department of Transportation (DOT) wants the guarantee that each  of the commercial drivers operating in America are fit and capable of  handling the rigors related to both short and long distance trucking.  This department is concerned with insuring public to make sure that no  unfit driver is on the public roads.. It could be very chaotic if a  truck driver gets an epileptic episode or stroke while driving a huge  truck on the highway.

That is the reason why the test is very important for all the  commercial drivers. If a driver cannot pass the test cleanly, without  any extenuating circumstances, then they cannot retain or obtain the  commercial driving license.

DOT and CDL Physical Explained

 When you successfully pass all the aspects of a driver physical and get  the health certification, it is usually valid for a set period of time,  the maximum time ins 2 years. However, if you have any medical condition  and you need to go for follow-up exams, such as hypertension or  diabetes, then the certificate would likely be limited for between three  and six months. When any physical limitations are found, such as  arthritis, severe back pain, prosthetics or hearing aids, you may be  sent back to your regular doctor to ascertain if you condition affects  your ability to do your commercial driving work. 

What Happens During a DOT Physical?


The process of an examination is quite straightforward. It begins  through recording your medical history. Usually, this covers the last five  years, and you will need all display all relevant medical history during  this period. In addition, you must list any prescription medications  you are currently taking and also your habits relating to alcohol and  recreational drugs.

Dr. Pierre Barnes will then move to perform a full physical exam to test  hearing, vision, blood pressure, urine and pulse rate, and then will  perform a body physical exam, to assess whether you are capable of  commercial driving as per federal and state regulations. There is no  test for drugs unless specifically required by the appropriate  authorities companies.