If you’re a professional truck or bus driver, you may already know that the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires drivers across the nation to have a DOT physical exam before they hit the road. Mandated by the federal law, a DOT physical will give you the green light for driving commercial motor vehicles while helping to ensure that you and your fellow drivers are equipped to handle the long hours and stress of operating a commercial vehicle. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate with you at all times when operating a commercial vehicle.

  • You are paid to operate a motor vehicle such as a bus that holds anywhere between nine to fifteen passengers.
  • You drive a vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work.
  • You operate a commercial vehicle for interstate commerce purposes.
  • You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities.

If you or a loved one needs a DOT physical exam, find a Med First location near you today!

DOT Restrictions

Did you know that there are certain restrictions for commercial drivers who have certain debilitating health problems? For example, if you take injectable insulin to remedy your diabetes, you cannot receive a commercial driver’s license. Drivers are also required to have at least 20/40 correctable vision for both of their eyes. It is also prohibited to use narcotics, amphetamines or other habit-forming drugs if you want to renew or obtain a commercial driver’s license.

How Frequently Do I Need a DOT Physical?

Most DOT physical medical certificates can last for up to two years. There are some instances where you may receive a one-year certificate, including if you have low or high blood pressure or any other condition that may inhibit your ability to drive. Unfortunately, we’ve seen many drivers begin to suffer from conditions after they received their DOT physical certificate. This can deem you unsafe for carrying out the responsibilities of the job. If this happens to you, it’s critical that you stop driving to get the condition treated before returning back to the wheel.


DOT Physicals By Med First

When you visit one of our Med First locations for a DOT physical, you’ll have to discuss your medical history in detail with your physician. If you’ve suffered from any of the following conditions below, make sure to let your medical professional know.

  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Brain injuries or any neurological disorders
  • Loss of hearing or impaired vision
  • Digestive problems or kidney disease
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Paralysis or strokes
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Chronic pain

Once you’ve covered your medical history, your physician will complete a DOT physical form after checking the following things:

  • Your pulse and blood pressure
  • Your vision capabilities
  • Your heart, lungs, and spine
  • Your physical appearance

If you or a loved one needs a DOT physical for your job, stop by one of our Med First locations today. We specialize in DOT physicals and sports physicals and we would be happy to help you get on the road, fast!

Step 1: Schedule your appointment

To find the closest location near you please use our locations tab. We accept walk-ins, but recommend you schedule an appointment prior to your visit to reduce your wait time and ensure a DOT accredited physician is available at the location.

Step 2: Get Your Physical

We will perform an examination, including:

  • Health history review
  • A thorough physical exam
  • A urine test

Step 3: Get Your Report

We’ll complete the Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination form and its supporting documentation, including DOT physical forms. You must pass all DOT physical requirements in order to be cleared for your CDL medical card.

Keep the following in mind before your DOT physical visit:

To speed up your visit please fill out the driver’s portion of the Medical Examination Report prior to your visit. Insurance does not cover this exam – some employers may pay for this exam. Here is a list of items to bring that may be helpful:

  • Glasses if vision requires a prescription
  • Last MER Card
  • List of medications with dosages
  • Yearly clearance letter from Cardiologist or for other chronic conditions may be required before clearance