What is a DOT Physical?

Everything You Need to Know About the Exam

When you become a truck driver you are required to have a DOT physical. If you are going to be operating commercial motor vehicles a DOT physical exam is required. Drivers need to be able to safely operate their vehicle and a DOT physical ensures there are no health issues which would prevent that from happenings.

What To Expect During a DOT Physical

Your DOT physical is going to look at your current health status as well as your medical history to determine if you are physically fit to drive a commercial motor vehicle. The following tests are all part of the overall exam:

  • Vision and hearing tests
  • Blood test, to check for high blood pressure or other medical conditions
  • Urinalysis, as part of drug and alcohol testing

These are all included in DOT exam as well as a current physical examination.

What Should I Bring With Me?

To make sure you have everything covered and your medical history is complete you will want to bring the following with you:

  • Medical history
  • List of prescriptions medications, and dosage, you currently take
  • Glasses or let them know if you wear contacts
  • Hearing Aids

How Often Is A DOT Physical Required?

CDL drivers must take the DOT physical every two years. If you have a condition that needs monitoring, such as high blood pressure, you may be required to get a physical more often. Once you have passed your DOT physical the doctor in charge will give you a certificate. If your employer needs a copy you directly from the physician you can sign and waiver and have them request that.

Where Do I Go To Get A DOT Physical?

To find a listing of medical offices offering DOT physicals, you visit the Colorado DMV website.

If you have any questions about getting your DOT physical exam card we would be happy to answer your questions. Contact us today and you can be on your way to a successful trucking career! 303-848-8443

This blog was originally published in 2017 and has been updated for 2019 standards.