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The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires physical exams for professionals to obtain or maintain a commercial driving license. The exam also ensures that those driving for a living can handle the hours, schedules and stress of operating commercial vehicles.
To comply with federal law, a DOT physical must be completed by a qualified examiner. This includes a doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. Whether this is your first or tenth DOT Physical, they can seem overwhelming. Below is brief explanation of what to expect.
Vision is obviously a very important aspect of the exam as it is a highly used sense on the job. Eyes are examined for cataracts, glaucoma and degeneration.
Drivers must be able to perceive what is considered a “forced whisper” with or without a hearing aid.
Blood pressure and heartbeat are tested for any irregular patterns.
The physical exam will cover multiple categories, for example:
Your primary physician often offers DOT physicals, as well as our MercyCare Occupational Health clinic providers.