DOT Physcial

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A DOT (Department of Transportation) physical confirms whether you are healthy enough to perform the demanding profession of a CMV (commercial motor vehicle) driver. It helps to keep the nation’s roads safe and includes:

  • Blood pressure and pulse rate:Your provider will check your blood pressure and pulse to measure your systolic and diastolic pressure levels, as well as testing for irregular heart rate.
  • Hearing:Drivers must be able to hear a ‘forced whisper’ at a maximum distance of 5 ft. with or without a hearing aid. The standard equates to a hearing loss of less than 40 dB in the better ear.
  • Urinalysis:A urine test screens for underlying medical conditions such as diabetes
  • Vision:Drivers must have a minimum acuity of 20/40 in each eye, with or without corrective lenses. They must also have at least 70º of peripheral vision in each eye along the horizontal meridian.

Other Physcial Testing

The practitioner will also check your abdomen, mouth, and throat for other complications, including:

  • An enlarged liver
  • Extremities for reduced motor function
  • Spinal injuries, tenderness, and other issues
  • Impaired equilibrium
  • And check for any trouble breathing or swallowing

What to bring to the exam...

Bring any accounts of your medical history you have to help speed up the process of filling out your paperwork, including your current and frequent medications. Drink at least 8 ounces of water the day before the examination, but try not to drink over a liter.


After the exam...

You should receive a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), showing that you’ve passed the DOT exam. Once you have that certificate, you should be able to turn it into your employer and continue with your annual review, or the hiring process.