If you have a career that requires a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical, you know that keeping your paperwork and medical records up to date is critical. At Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic in New Albany, Mississippi, several providers are licensed medical examiners listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. Call the practice or schedule your DOT physical online today.
A DOT physical is an exam mandated by federal law for anyone who operates a commercial vehicle. The exam checks for signs of health issues that could interfere with your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
In most cases, you will need to have a DOT physical every two years to maintain your eligibility for your commercial driver’s license.
If you operate a commercial vehicle, you’re responsible for the health and safety of not only yourself but the people around you, whether you drive a bus or a truck. You’re required by federal law to have a DOT physical if you drive a commercial vehicle that carries more than nine passengers, crosses state lines, transports hazardous materials, or weighs more than 10,001 pounds.
A DOT physical ensures that you can safely operate a vehicle and not endanger yourself or others. DOT physicals are federally mandated and also provide your employer with certification of your fitness to complete your job.
You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for your physical. However, to ensure that the process goes smoothly, you need to take certain information and items with you, including:
If you have a heart condition, you should bring a letter from your cardiologist that outlines your medical history and indicates that you can safely operate a commercial vehicle. If you have a sleep disorder, you should bring a letter from your specialist and a reading from your CPAP machine. If you have another health condition, ask what documentation you should bring with you when you make your appointment.
A DOT physical is much like any other wellness check, or physical exam, except your provider completes the necessary forms and certifications to clear you to drive a commercial vehicle. Your provider checks your blood pressure and runs tests, including bloodwork, to check for other signs of disease. Your provider also examines your vision and hearing, and completes a urinalysis to check for drug or alcohol use.
If you’re due for your next DOT physical, call Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic or make your appointment online today.