DOT Physicals

Family Care Plus Clinic

Board Certified Family Medicine & Adults and Pediatrics located in Katy, TX & Munroe Falls, OH

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is one of the key steps in getting a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This test verifies that you meet the physical and mental requirements to operate a large vehicle. At Family Care Plus Clinic, family medicine physician Nancy Naghavi, DO, and her experienced team offer DOT physicals to help you pass this phase of the licensing process smoothly. Call either of the clinic locations in Katy, Texas, or Munroe Falls, Ohio, or book an appointment online today.

DOT Physicals Q & A

Who needs DOT physicals?

Each state has unique regulations, but in general, you need DOT physicals if your job involves operating a large motor vehicle. 

Some examples include driving a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds, driving a vehicle that seats many people (like a bus), and transporting hazardous materials. 

What do DOT physicals involve?

Family Care Plus Clinic reviews your medical history and current medication list. They'll then perform a physical exam that typically includes:

  • Blood pressure check
  • Pulse check
  • Basic vision test
  • Hearing test
  • Oral exam
  • Lung check
  • Heart check
  • Spinal exam 
  • Abdomen check
  • Coordination and reflex check
  • Urinalysis 
  • Mental wellness questions

In each category, you must meet certain requirements to pass the exam. For example, with the hearing test, you must be able to hear a forced whisper at 5 feet away, and with the vision test, you must have 20/40 or better eyesight and must not be colorblind. 

Your provider completes a Medical Examination Report Form, which you’ll submit with your CDL application.

Can I still pass DOT physicals if I have a chronic illness?

In some cases, yes. It depends on the situation and your current health. Talk to the team at Family Care Plus Clinic about your personal circumstances and they can tell you whether it's possible to pass a DOT physical. 

For example, if you have heart disease, you're not automatically disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle. But you'll need to pass a stress test (an exercise test) as part of DOT physicals to verify that you're healthy enough to safely operate a commercial vehicle.

Diabetes is another example. You can pass a DOT physical if your diabetes is well-controlled and you don’t take insulin. If you do take insulin, it’s still possible to pass a DOT physical but you’ll need to file a federal exemption to work as a commercial driver. 

Discuss your chronic illness frankly with the team at Family Care Plus Clinic. They’re here to support you and help you reach your goals. 

Call Family Care Plus Clinic in Ohio or Texas or click the online appointment tool to set up your DOT physical today.