DOT Physicals in Connecticut – Only $75
DOT exams are a requirement for professional drivers, with the help from our certified practitioners at DOCS Primary Care, we can make it easy for you to complete the Department of Transportation health requirements.
Our DOT Physicals are the same test used for CDL (commercial driver’s licenses) physical exams, these tests are always carried out by our Board Certified, NRCME-certified practitioners. We make the process simple, no need for scheduling appointments as we accept walk-ins 365 days a year, during our office hours. Our clinics accept most major insurance providers.
What to Know About DOT Physicals
What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?
DOT physicals, mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), are valid for up to 24 months. If you are a commercial driver in Connecticut, DOCS Primary Care can supply you with the necessary DOT, or CDL, physical.
A Department of Transportation Physical evaluates a drivers vision, blood pressure, and performs a complete review of your medical history. A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA. It is up to your Medical Examiner to best determine if a candidate meets all the requirements, and to mark the report to the best of their knowledge.
ARE CDL PHYSICALS THE SAME AS DOT PHYSICALS?
The physical exam all commercial drivers need to take—the DOT physical exam—is sometimes referred to as the CDL physical exam. This is because the DOT physical exam is also a requirement for those looking to obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license). Why don’t people just call these physicals a CDL physical and stop using different names, then? The reason: not all commercial drivers need a CDL, but will need the Medical Examiner’s (ME) Certificate that they receive from a DOT physical. To put it simply, not all commercial drivers need a DOT physical for the exact same reason.
What do i need to bring to the DOT (or cdl) Physical?
To prepare for your DOT Physical, be sure to bring a valid driver’s license, a review of your medical history, prescription glasses or contacts (if necessary), hearing aids (if necessary), and a list of current prescriptions. Drivers are required to list have they have endured any of the following:
- Brain injuries
- Hearing loss
- Diabetes (insulin dependency)
- Impaired Vision
- 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?
You need at least 20/40 in both eyes and to be able to distinguish various colors. (With or without prescription lenses)
With or without hearing aids, a driver must be able to to hear a “forced whisper” at less than five feet away.
Blood Pressure/Pule Rate
One of our Connecticut clinicians will check the driver’s blood pressure and pulse to check for any irregularities.
A urinalysis identifies any underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.
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?
One of our FMCSA certified clinicians in Connecticut can provide Connecticut drivers with vaccinations and an updated vaccination schedule. The Vaccinations we give listed are:
- Hepatitis A (Adult)
- Hepatitis A (Pediatric)
- Hepatitis B (Adult)
- Hepatitis B (Pediatric)
- Zostavax (Shingles)
- Polio (IPV)
- Rabies Vaccination
- Tetanus Diphtheria (TD)
- Tetanus Diphtheria
- Pertussis (TDAP)
- Twinrix (Hep A & B Combination)
- Yellow Fever
what if i do not pass the dot physical?
The FMCSA can be lenient with drivers who do not pass their DOT Physical. Drivers are allowed a second opinion if they are upfront and honest with the practitioner with their medical history and overlying health conditions. Should patients purposely conceal important information during the DOT Physical, it can lead to a disqualification or future fines.
The Care You Need, When You Need It in Connecticut
Our goal at all of our primary care offices in Connecticut is to provide driver’s with quick and easy DOT physical examinations. When you come prepared, you will be in and out of our doors in no time.
A DOT, or CDL, physical exam can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA dedicated to helping you get back on the road.