Preparing For Your DOT Physical Exam

What to Bring With You:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Avoid caffeine or tobacco products 1 hour before your exam
  • Current medication list
  • Glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids
  • Federal Vision or Diabetes Waiver
  • Medical records from your treating provider
    -If you have conditions such as cardiac disease –information about pace maker, AED-defibrillator, stents or CABG , Results of your last EKG, Stress Test or Echocardiogram.
    -Diabetes medications or insulin use. Your last blood test for HGA1C.
    -Sleep disorders and use a CPAP. Bring a recent 3 month recording of its use.
    -Neurologic disease.
    -If you take prescribed medication for pain you will need a letter from your prescribing provider stating that is safe for you to drive a commercial vehicle.

The Exam:

Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate
The medical examiner will check your blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.

A urinalysis is required. The test looks for indications of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.

Drivers must be able to perceive what is known as a “forced whisper” at a distance of 5ft or less with- or without- a hearing aid. This standard equates to an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.

Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction. They are also required to have at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye.

Physical Examination
The physical exam will cover a dozen different categories.

It’s recommended that you print and complete the health history section of the MER (Medical Examination Report) before coming to the office for your exam. You can find the report here.

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  1. Posted by Janet Hagstrom

    Do you have to have an appt. for a DOT exam or do they except walk ins? Auburn location

    January 16, 2018 12:55 pm Reply
    • Posted by Reliant Medical Group

      Hi Janet. We only do DOT exams by appointment. Please call us at (508) 721-1195 to schedule an appointment at our Auburn location.

      January 16, 2018 1:23 pm Reply
  2. Posted by Marilyn J. Culver

    What locations due the DOT physicals?

    March 24, 2017 5:16 am Reply
    • Posted by Reliant Medical Group

      Hi Marilyn. We do DOT physicals at our Auburn and Shrewsbury locations. Feel free to call the office to make an appointment.

      March 24, 2017 9:47 am Reply

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