Connecticut DOT Physicals

DOCS Urgent Care offers various convenient services for patients across Connecticut, including DOT (CDL) physicals for commercial drivers. All businesses will require their commercial vehicle drivers to have a DOT/CDL physical. 

Can’t make an appointment? Don’t worry, our medical professionals welcome walks-ins every day of the week. Our clinic accepts most health insurance plans. Each D.O.T. / C.D.L. physical is performed by Board Certified, NRCME-certified clinicians at DOCS Urgent Care in Connecticut.



6 Stony Hill Rd.
Bethel, CT 06801

(203) 408-6409

(203) 917-4930


What to Know About DOT Physicals

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

DOT physicals are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are valid for up to 24 months. DOCS provides drivers who plan on staying on road can provide you with the proper DOT/CDL physical. A Department of Transportation Physical evaluates a drivers vision, blood pressure, and a complete review of your medical history and determines if a driver is free of certain conditions and in stable health. The DOT physical is the same exam as the CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) physical.

D.O.T. (C.D.L.) Physicals are given to individuals to uncover any mental, physical, and emotional issues that might influence the driver’s ability to drive their commercial vehicle safely. D.O.T. medical doctors are trained to accurately evaluate the present laws to prevent any drivers from being inappropriately disqualified. Stop by our Connecticut locations for your D.O.T. Physical. 


The DOT physical is the same as the CDL physical, as both terms are often used interchangeably. There are reasons for there being two different names, however. All commercial drivers who drive a vehicle over 1,000 pounds must have an Medical Examiner’s (ME) certificate. However, not all drivers that require a DOT physical and an ME will require a CDL. 

What do i need to bring to the DOT/CDL Physical?

Be proactive for your DOT/CDL physical. Make sure you bring a valid driver’s license, any prescription glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids if needed, a prescription list, and a complete medical history.

Drivers are expected to list if they’ve experienced 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/CDL physical?


Your doctor will test your vision for at least 20/40 in both eyes and make sure you’re able to distinguish various colors with or without the use of prescription glasses.


With or without hearing aids, a driver must be able to to hear a “forced whisper” at less than five feet away.

Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate

In order to make sure you’re healthy to be sitting for long periods of time, your blood pressure and pulse will be checked for any abnormalities. 


A urinalysis scans for any underlying medical conditions or irregularities that may need attention.

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?

In order to get up to date on all your vaccinations, one of our FMCSA certified clinicians can provide our Connecticut patients with current available vaccines. The Vaccinations we give provide are:

  • 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 (A.K.A. CDL) physical?

For drivers who didn’t pass specific areas of the DOT physical such as vision or hearing, may be eligible for drivers exemption. FMCSA has announced drivers can receive a second opinion as long as they are upfront and honest about their medical history with the next medical examiner.

The Care You Need, When You Need It in Connecticut

DOCS Urgent Care is committed to providing all of our Connecticut patients with quick and easy, high quality DOT examinations. Our FMCSA certified doctors will have you out of our doors and back on the road in no time, no appointment necessary.


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