DOT Physicals Specialist

Neu Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Addiction Medicine located in Hazel Park, MI

Federal law requires that anyone who drives a commercial motor vehicle must pass regular physical exams to ensure they can safely perform their job. Neu Urgent Care in Hazel Park, Michigan, is certified to perform U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals and issue the medical certificate needed to obtain or maintain your commercial driver’s license. If you have questions about the exam, or if you’d like to schedule a DOT physical, call the office to make a same-day appointment, or book an appointment online.

DOT Physicals

What is a DOT physical?

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to have a physical examination by a certified physician on a routine basis. The purpose of a DOT physical is to ensure that new and established commercial drivers don’t have any physical, emotional, or mental health issues that interfere with their ability to safely drive a commercial vehicle. 

The expert physicians at Neu Urgent Care are certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to perform DOT exams and issue the medical certificate required to obtain or maintain your CDL. 

What is involved in a DOT physical exam?

During a DOT exam, your Neu Urgent Care physician reviews your health history and asks you a series of questions to assess your physical and mental health. They also perform a full physical evaluation. They’ll listen to your heart, lungs, and stomach, check your eyes, ears, and nose, test your reflexes, and evaluate additional aspects of your overall health. They may also perform a hearing or vision test.

What is required to pass my DOT physical?

The medical requirements for a CDL include:

  • 20/40 color vision in both eyes (corrective lenses are acceptable)
  • Ability to hear a forced whisper 5 feet away
  • Maximum blood pressure of 160/100 (can be controlled by medication)
  • Blood sugar of 200 mg/dl or less
  • Diabetes controlled through oral medication or diet, but not with insulin injections
  • No use of schedule 1 drugs, amphetamines, narcotics, or habit-forming drugs

If you have cardiovascular disease, you’ll need to provide evidence that you can pass a stress test as well as a physician’s note stating you’re physically able to drive a commercial vehicle. 

In some cases, you can receive an exception for a medical condition. Typically, you’ll be asked to have more frequent physicals than usual when you have a medical exception.

When will I receive my DOT certificate?

Once you’ve passed your physical, your provider issues your medical examination certificate during your appointment. Your certificate is valid for up to 24 months, but you may need to return for another exam sooner if you have a medical exception.

To learn more about the medical requirements for a commercial driver’s license, or to schedule a DOT physical, call Neu Urgent Care today or book an appointment online.