If you are a commercial vehicle operator, you are required to pass a Department of Transportation physical examination. The exam ensures that you are healthy enough to be out on the road. Since passing the exam is vital to maintaining their jobs, many employees are understandably nervous or have questions about this exam. We’ve compiled some FAQs on DOT physical examinations:
- What’s involved in a DOT physical exam?
A DOT exam includes a review of your medical history, a thorough physical examination, a urine test, and a fitness determination for commercial drivers.
- Can I see my own doctor for the exam?
The doctors at our medical clinic are legally certified to give DOT exams. If your company permits it, you are able to see any certified examiner on the FMCSA National Registry for your exam, which may include your family doctor. Otherwise, you may have to see a company-designated physician.
- Am I responsible for paying for the exam?
This answer completely depends on the circumstances. In some cases, your company will pay for the exam. Other times, your insurance may reimburse you for the exam. Some patients will be responsible for paying for the exam themselves. Be sure to check with your employer or insurance company to find out your options.
- Do I have to submit to a urine test?
In order to pass your exam, the urine test is mandatory. Refusing to submit to a urine test means you will not be permitted to do your job. Not only is this test necessary to detect drug or alcohol use, but it’s also used as a kidney screen, to make sure you are free of high blood pressure, kidney disease, and early signs of diabetes.
- What might make me fail a DOT physical?
Any condition that could impair your ability to control or operate a vehicle will not permit you to pass the exam. This can include limb impairment, vision or hearing issues, diabetes controlled by insulin, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, mental disorders, or use of drugs and alcohol.
- Will I fail the test if I am overweight or have a sexually transmitted disease?
No, you will not be penalized for these, unless they have led to other conditions that negatively affect your ability to operate a commercial vehicle.
- For how long will my exam be valid?
Once you pass your exam, it’s valid for up to two years. If you have a condition that needs to be monitored (like high blood pressure), your certificate may be valid for a shorter period.
If you need to pass a physical exam for your DOT job, consider making an appointment with the experts at our medical center. We specialize in DOT physicals, flu vaccines, school physicals, and more. Contact us today for assistance.