To be able to drive trucks and other large commercial motor vehicles in the US, you will need to have a current CDL (commercial driving license) medical card or certification, which you can obtain by passing a DOT physical exam. A certified and registered DOT medical examiner’s certificate (ME Certificate) ensures that you are medically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely and can handle physical demands, emotional stress, and intense schedule of operating commercial vehicles in any situation.
At our urgent care office in Fountain Valley, CA, we conduct DOT physical exams to assist you in obtaining (or renewing) a CDL medical card.
Our priority is to the drivers, and with our extensive knowledge of the exam requirements, we will guide you through to help you clear the exam.
Our DOT Medical Examiner is certified and licensed to conduct the exam and is well-trained in FMCSA and California’s specific regulations concerning the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles.
A DOT physical appointment at our Fountain Valley office will take around 45 minutes, or more depending on your specific health requirements. Call us at (714) 594-7268 to learn more! We also serve the Huntington Beach community.
DOT physical exams are required for both, someone who already has a general DL issued and wants to obtain NEW CDL Medical Card for being able to drive Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMEs), as well as those who already are approved CME Drivers and require to RENEW their CDL certification in due course.
Commercial Motor Vehicle drivers who require a DOT physical exam are those who:
The requirements for passing a DOT physical exam include:
Standard vision requirements for DOT physicals are 20/40 sharp-sightedness in each eye with corrective lenses or contacts, and at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye. CDL applicants must submit medical histories regarding any existing eye condition, including glaucoma or cataract.
Your blood pressure and heartbeat rate will be checked by our medical examiner to look for hypertension and other related conditions. Ideally, your blood pressure should be less than 160/100 and heartbeat should be between 60 to 100 beats per minute.
A CDL applicant should be able to hear a forced whisper within a distance of five feet or less without a hearing aid. Hearing aids are allowed if you can hear the sound from 5 feet away, at least in one ear.
It is required to determine whether you have diabetes, dehydration, or any problem in your kidney, including an infection. Urinalysis is also done to check the existence of hernia.
The DOT physical exams require that any medications you are currently taking should not affect your ability to drive a commercial vehicle. Otherwise, your primary care physician should provide a letter stating that your health condition or the medication won't affect your ability to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
The physical examination will cover a range of different categories:
Here is a list of documents that you need to bring to your DOT physical:
You need to get a DOT physical examination every 2 years to make sure that you are healthy and can safely operate a commercial vehicle. However, if you have:
Follow these steps to pass a DOT Physical exam:
For other DOT physicals needs and questions, please call us at 714-594-7268.