DOT Examination

What is a DOT Physical?

Commercial drivers must have a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical exam to ensure they’re fit for duty. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all drivers to pass this exam before they get a commercial driver's license.

A commercial driver’s license is also referred to as a CDL.

A DOT Physical is a quick and effective way to ensure that the person can perform their duties without being injured or putting others at risk.

What Does a DOT Physical Consist of?

During a DOT Physical exam, a DOT examiner may look for:

  • Restricted mobility, which means a person is not able to touch their toes or is limited in motion due to a medical condition such as arthritis. 
  • Hearing and vision loss that impacts driving ability.
  • Limited use of hands because of an illness or injury.
  • Positive results from a DOT physical drug test.
  • Positive results from a physical urine test.
  • Elevated blood pressure levels.
  • Prescribed medications that might interfere with your job duties.
  • Heart, lung, and chest issues.
  • Back and spine issues.

What is a Medical DOT Card?

A medical DOT card demonstrates that a driver is medically safe to drive with a CDL. Medical DOT cards are also called DOT heath cards, but the official name of the card is a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. Only a qualified medical examiner can award an official Medical Examiner's Certificate. You receive a DOT card after you pass a DOT examination.

Where to Go for a Physical DOT Exam

Baptist Health Occupational Medicine provides DOT physical examinations that are compliant with new national guidelines, performed by trained and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)-certified medical staff. All examinations are entered in the National Registry Data System. Examinations are available on a walk-in basis or with an appointment.