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Connecticut DOT – CDL Physicals

DOCS Urgent Care in Connecticut offers DOT or CDL physicals for your business’ employees. We welcome self-employed commercial drivers. We also welcome walk-in patients every day.

We only hire highly-trained professionals as our medical staff. Our prices are a bargain for the quality of care we deliver. We take most major health insurance plans. Only Board Certified and NRCME-certified clinicians will perform the DOT/CDL physicals.

DOT Physicals Locations in Connecticut

What to Know About DOT Physicals

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

Our Connecticut clinics can provide you with the DOT Physical that is required by your occupation. All commercial drivers need to take a DOT physical every two years because they assess the mental and physical capabilities of a driver. They determine if a driver is in good health, and are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They are also required in order to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

D.O.T. (a.k.a. C.D.L.) physicals assess whether the driver has any issues that may prevent them from safely operating a vehicle. D.O.T. medical examiners can prevent drivers from being inappropriately disqualified because they are trained to interpret the current regulations. Stop by our Connecticut Urgent Care locations to get more information about D.O.T. physicals.


The DOT exam is sometimes referred to as the CDL exam because it is the exam required for one to obtain their commercial driver’s license (CDL). Not all commercial drivers need a CDL, but most will need a Medical Examiner’s (ME) Certificate that they get from the DOT physical.

What do i need to bring to the DOT (or cdl) Physical?

Upon visiting any of our Connecticut clinics for your DOT/CDL physical, you must bring: a valid driver’s license, any prescription lenses or contact lenses, hearing aids if needed, list of prescriptions, and medical history. It is also required for a driver to list if they have any of the following:

  • Brain injuries
  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Hearing loss
  • Diabetes (insulin dependency)
  • Impaired Vision
  • Stroke
  • Missing Limbs
  • Chronic Pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Able to recognize colors (red, green, yellow)
  • History of alcoholism or drug use
  • Heart attack or heart disease
  • Kidney disease

What is included in a DOT physical?


Drivers must have at least 20/40 in both eyes with or without corrective lenses to pass the physical examination and be able to determine colors.


Drivers must be able to hear a “forced whisper” at less than five feet away (with or without hearing aids are acceptable during the test).

Blood Pressure/Pule Rate

Your blood pressure and pulse rate are taken to determine if you have high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or other cardiovascular disorder. It needs to be below 160/100. (Medications are acceptable.)


Drivers are required to take a urinalysis to uncover any underlying medical conditions. It helps to detect the early onset conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney infection.

Physical Examination

In the physical examination you will be tested for:

  • General appearance (weight, tremors, drug/alcohol problems)
  • Mouth & Throat (breathing and swallowing)
  • Lungs & Chest (breathing)
  • Abdomen & Organs (unusual masses, hernias, weakness)
  • Vascular System (weak pulse, blood flow, varicose veins)
  • Limbs (Loss or damage, weakness)
  • Skeletal (limitation, tenderness)
  • Neurological (balance, reflexes, speech)


  • Hepatitis A (Hep A)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Polio/ Tetanus/ Typhoid
  • Influenza (Flu)

What if i need to update my vaccinations?

The experts at DOCS Urgent Care in Fairfield, CT are happy to help make sure your vaccinations are current so you’re ready for your D.O.T. physical (CDL physical). Here is a list of Vaccinations that we give in our office:

  • Hepatitis A (Adult)
  • Hepatitis A (Pediatric) 
  • Hepatitis B (Adult)
  • Hepatitis B (Pediatric)
  • Japanese
  • Encephalitis
  • MMR
  • Menactra
  • Zostavax (Shingles)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal
  • PPD
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Tetanus Diphtheria (TD)
  • Tetanus Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (TDAP)
  • Typhoid
  • Twinrix (Hep A & B Combination)
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella
  • Yellow Fever
  • Gardasil
  • B-12
  • Ceftriaxone
  • Kenalog-10
  • Phenergan
  • Solu-Medrol
  • Toradol
  • Benadryl

what if i do not pass the dot physical?

If you don’t pass the vision, diabetes, hearing, or physical impairment sections of the D.O.T. Physical, you may be eligible for a driver’s exemption.