If you are going to be operating commercial motor vehicles a DOT physical exam is required. Drivers need to be able to safely operate their vehicle and a DOT physical ensures there are no health issues that would prevent that from happenings.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A DOT PHYSICAL?
Your DOT physical is going to look at your current health status as well as your medical history to determine if you are physically fit to drive a commercial motor vehicle. The following tests are all part of the overall exam:
Vision and hearing tests
Blood test, to check for high blood pressure or other medical conditions
Urinalysis, as part of drug and alcohol testing
These are all included in the DOT exam as well as a current physical examination.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
To make sure you have everything covered and your medical history is complete you will want to bring the following with you:
List of prescriptions medications, and dosage, you currently take
Glasses or let them know if you wear contacts
HOW OFTEN IS A DOT PHYSICAL REQUIRED?
CDL drivers must take the DOT physical every two years. If you have a condition that needs monitoring, such as high blood pressure, you may be required to get a physical more often. Once you have passed your DOT physical the doctor in charge will give you a certificate. If your employer needs a copy, you directly from the physician, you can sign and waiver and have them request that.