DOT Physicals in Norwalk, CT

When you know every minute counts, come to the DOCS Urgent Care in Norwalk, CT to get your DOT physical (a.k.a. CDL physical). It’s a requirement of all commercial drivers, including self-employed drivers. All companies are obligated to get DOT physicals for any person operating a commercial vehicle. Drivers looking to obtain a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) must also have a physical—a CDL physical exam—which is equivalent to the DOT physical..

We take walk-ins so that you never have to wait long in our Norwalk, CT clinic. We work hard to deliver quality, affordable services for our patients. We accept the majority of health insurance policies. All D.O.T. physicals conducted at the DOCS Urgent Care in Norwalk, CT are always done with a Board Certified, NRCME-certified clinician.



677 Connecticut Ave
Norwalk, CT 06854

PHONE: (203) 298-9752
FAX: 203-298-9755


What to Know About DOT (Or CDL) Physicals

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

A DOT (Department of Transportation) physical is required every 24 months for anyone that drives a commercial vehicle. It assesses if the driver is healthy enough overall to operate a commercial vehicle without being a risk to other drivers. DOT (or CDL) physicals are overseen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Our medical physicians can administer your DOT Physical in our Norwalk, CT office.

Highly monitored, D.O.T. Physicals are given to reveal any possible mental, physical, and emotional concerns that might negatively affect the driver’s ability to operate a commercial vehicle at any given time. D.O.T. medical physicians are qualified to evaluate the requirements to prevent any drivers from being inappropriately disqualified. Come in as a walk-in to our Norwalk, CT clinic to get your D.O.T. Physical, today.

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

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 is also a requirement to obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license). Not all commercial drivers need a CDL, but most will need the Medical Examiner’s (ME) Certificate that they receive from a DOT physical.

What do i need to bring to the DOT physical, a.k.a. cdl Physical?

To have your D.O.T. physical at our Norwalk, CT office, just bring a valid driver’s license, prescription glasses or contact lenses if needed, hearing aids if needed, a prescription list, and your medical history. Drivers are obligated 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 physical?


Both eyes need at least 20/40 and capable of detecting colors. (With or without corrective lenses)


Need to be able to hear a “forced whisper” at under five feet away. (With or without hearing aids)

Blood Pressure/Pule Rate

Discovers high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or other kinds of cardiovascular disorder. Must be below 160/100 to pass. (Medications are acceptable)


Reveals any type of underlying medical diseases, such as the onset of diseases 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 are out of date, our specialists at DOCS Urgent Care in Norwalk, CT will help you get current just in time for your D.O.T. physical—also known as the CDL physical exam. See our list of Vaccinations we offer:

  • 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 (CDL Physical)?

In some cases, if you didn’t pass particular areas of the D.O.T. Physical, like the vision or hearing, you might be eligible for a driver’s exemption.

Care When You Need It in Norwalk

DOCS Urgent Care of Norwalk 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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