Are you in need of a DOT physical for your job? Many people do, including semi-truck and commercial vehicle drivers and all CDL holders. Getting a DOT physical can become a stressful headache if your doctor isn’t familiar with all the paperwork and red tape. Find out what to expect from a DOT physical and how you can set an appointment for yours.
What Does a DOT Physical Include?
When you are examined for DOT approval, your doctor will check to see if you can physically perform the varied duties of your job. For example, drivers spend their time sitting behind the wheel, driving down the highways and often loading/unloading their vehicles. So, it’s easy to see why a doctor needs to keep an eye on their health.
When you arrive for your exam, the first thing you will do is complete the DOT Medical Examination Report. You need to fill in two sections, the driver information and the health history. Your doctor will review these forms. Next, you will be asked to provide a urine sample. Contrary to many people’s ideas, this isn’t a drug test. Instead, it’s used for lab work to identify health concerns.
Your provider will perform a simple exam, familiar to most people. Your height, weight, temperature, pulse and blood pressure will be noted. In addition, you will be given a basic hearing and vision exam. Upon successfully completing the exam requirements, you will be given a Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination Form and a Medical Examiner’s Certificate as needed for your credentials.
What Do I Need to Bring to My DOT Physical?
Before you go to your exam, make sure you are well-hydrated, as you will need to provide a urine sample. In addition, bring with you the following: your driver’s license and your current medication list. Bring along eyeglasses or hearing aids if you use them. If you have diabetes, bring along a physician’s document of your last HgA1C. Those with heart conditions should bring copies of any tests such as stress tests or EKG reports. You will also need a cardiology clearance letter from your doctor. Finally, those with sleep apnea should bring the CPAP usage data for the last 30 days.
Where Can I Get My DOT Physical?
Rapid Immediate Care, with locations in Crystal Hills and Hoffman Estates, IL does DOT physicals regularly. The staff is familiar with all the forms and details, so your battle with red tape is eliminated. Call Rapid Immediate Care Crystal Hills for your DOT physical at (815) 770-2780 or (847) 310-3211 in Hoffman Estates.