DOT Physicals in Hamden, CT

Visit the DOCS Urgent Care in Hamden, CT to obtain your required DOT Physicals for all commercial drivers. All businesses with drivers and self-employed drivers of commercial vehicles are legally obligated to get a DOT, or CDL, physical to upgrade their credentials.

No need for an appointment when we accept walk-ins at our Hamden, CT clinic on a regular basis. Our clinic takes the majority of health insurance plans. The D.O.T. physicals completed by the experts at DOCS Urgent Care in Hamden, CT are always carried out by Board Certified, NRCME-certified clinicians.



1700 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06514

PHONE: (475) 238-7972
FAX: (475) 238-8609


What to Know About DOT (CDL) Physicals

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

If you’re trying to stay on the road, our clinic in Hamden, CT can give you the necessary DOT Physical—also known as a CDL physical. A DOT (Department of Transportation) Physical is required every 24 months for any individual who operates a commercial vehicle. It evaluates if the driver is physically and mentally fit enough to safely operate a commercial vehicle without endangering others. DOT physicals are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

D.O.T. physicals are provided for drivers to determine if any mental, physical, and emotional issues that might impact their ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle. D.O.T. medical physicians are adequately trained to evaluate the regulations to stop any drivers from being inappropriately disqualified. Stop by our Hamden, CT clinic for your necessary D.O.T. Physical.


Most commercial drivers traveling long distance as well as interstate will require a DOT Physical. A DOT Physical can also be called a CDL Physical Exam because the DOT exam can be a requirement for those trying to receive a  CDL (commercial driver’s license). Not all drivers require a CDL. Some may only need a Medical Examiner’s (ME) Certificate that they can receive from a DOT physical.

What do i need to bring to the DOT, or Cdl, Physical?

Before you walk into our Hamden, CT office for your DOT physical, don’t forget to bring a valid driver’s license, any prescription glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids if necessary, a prescription list, and medical history. Drivers are required to list if they’ve endured 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?


You need at least 20/40 in both eyes and to be able to determine colors. (With or without corrective lenses)


To pass, you must be able to hear a “forced whisper” at less than five feet away. (With or without hearing aids)

Blood Pressure/Pule Rate

This determines if you have high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or another cardiovascular disorder. It must be under 160/100 to pass. (Medications are acceptable)


A urinalysis identifies any underlying medical conditions, like the onset of illnesses 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?

If your vaccinations aren’t current, our specialists at DOCS Urgent Care in Hamden, CT can help you get ready for your CDL Physical Exam. This is a list of the Vaccinations we give:

  • 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 ( a.k.a. cdl physical)?

For certain portions of the D.O.T. Physical, such as the hearing or vision, if you fail then you might be able to get a driver’s exemption.

Care When You Need It in Hamden

DOCS Urgent Care of Hamden is part of the larger DOCS Urgent Care network, a network of professional Urgent Care clinics run by board-certified health care providers. Our goal is to give the highest quality care to our patients while providing affordable care.


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