A DOT (Department of Transportation) physical is a mandatory physical for people that drive any type of commercial vehicle. They assess emotional, physical, and mental fitness, and are more extensive than standard physicals. If you’re trying to get a commercial license or a job in transportation, you probably need a DOT physical.


When do I need a DOT physical?

If you need to:

  • Drive a vehicle with a capacity of over 15 people
  • You drive a vehicle with a capacity of over 8 people commercially
  • Drive any hazardous materials that require a vehicle placard
  • Drive a vehicle that’s over 10,000 pounds using any metric.


What happens during one of these physicals?

Each state has slightly varied requirements for DOT physicals, but this is a good general idea.

First, your medical examiner will also ask for your overall medical history, which will include:

  • Details about your consumption of alcohol/tobacco/drugs
  • Any overall health problem
  • Current medication
  • Surgery history
  • Drug testing history


DOT Physicals include what’s tested in your standard physicals and annual wellness visits, such as height, weight, blood pressure, eyesight, hearing, and more. The DOT physical also has an examination of your:

  • Chest and lungs
  • Spine
  • Genital and urinary system
  • Ears, nose, and throat
  • Reflexes
  • Circulatory system

You will most likely also have a drug test during your exam.

Finally, you will have a urinalysis to check for any kidney issues.


What happens after?

If you pass the exam, you will receive a card from your examiner that certifies that you are fit to drive commercial vehicles. This card generally lasts for 24 months and will need to be renewed after the two-year period.


Not sure if you need one? Not sure how to get one? Your primary care physician is the best place to start. If you’re looking for a primary care physician in Plano, Irving, or Frisco, call us at 214-666-6259 or schedule an appointment in the contact tab above the post.

Author Jai Sammpath

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