What is a DOT Physical?

Everything You Need to Know About the Exam

If you are new to the trucking industry, you may wonder what a DOT Physical is, what it involves, and how you go about getting one.

A DOT physical exam is required in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle. This exam ensures that there are no health issues that could affect the driver’s ability of safely driving a commercial vehicle.

What does a DOT Physical consist of? 

The DOT exam that will determine whether or not the driver is fit for work based on medical history, as well as current health status. During your DOT Physical, you will go through the following during the physical exam:

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

Should I bring anything to the DOT Exam?

Since you’ll have to disclose your medical history, you should bring a list of any prescription medicines you are currently taking, including the dosage. You’ll also need to remember to wear or bring glasses or hearing aids.

How often do I need a DOT Physical? And where do I get one?

Typically, drivers are required to repeat this exam every two years. The follow-up could be sooner than two years if there are issues that warrant it. The physician in charge of the exam will issue a certificate for drivers that pass the exam. While physicians are not required to give a copy of the exam report to employers, they can release the information if the employer requests it and they have a signed waiver.

For a list of medical offices offering DOT physicals, you can visit the Colorado DMV website.

If you have any questions about getting your DOT physical exam card, please contact us today!