DOT Physicals in Orange, CT

Visit the DOCS Urgent Care location in Orange, CT to have your DOT physical—equivalent to a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) physical exam. This is required for all commercial drivers, including self-employed drivers. All businesses are required to get DOT Physicals for drivers of commercial vehicles.

We accept most health insurance plans. Each D.O.T. physical is performed by Board Certified, NRCME-certified clinicians at DOCS Urgent Care in Orange, CT. Our medical professionals can administer your DOT Physical in our Orange, CT clinic.



109 Boston Post Rd
Orange, CT 06477

PHONE: (203) 298-4599
FAX: (203) 298-4601


What to Know About DOT Physicals

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

If you’re a commercial driver, then you need to have your DOT (Department of Transportation) physical, or CDL physical exam, every two years. DOT physical exams are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These physicals determine if the driver is healthy and doesn’t have health-related issues.

Extremely regulated, D.O.T. Physicals are given to assess whether the driver is physically and mentally capable of handling a commercial vehicle without being a threat to other drivers on the road. It exposes any type of mental, physical, and emotional issues. D.O.T. medical practitioners are trained to evaluate the laws to prevent any drivers from being inappropriately disqualified. Visit our Orange, CT location to get your D.O.T. Physical, or CDL physical exam.


They’re the same—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). 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 (Or cdl physical exam)?

All patients need to properly prepare for their D.O.T. physical. When you come to our Orange, CT walk-in clinic, bring a valid driver’s license, prescription glasses or contact lenses if needed, hearing aids if needed, list of prescriptions, and medical history. It is required for drivers to list if they’ve experienced any of these:

  • 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 (or a cdl Physical exam)?


Both eyes need to be at least 20/40 in both eyes and able to differentiate 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/Pusle Rate

It tests if you have high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or another cardiovascular disorder. To pass it must be below 160/100. (Medications are accepted)


It determines if you have any underlying medical diseases, like 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 you’re preparing for your D.O.T. Physical and need your vaccinations update, come to our DOCS Urgent Care in Orange, CT. This is a list of the Vaccinations we provide 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 didn’t pass particular sections of the D.O.T. Physical (or C.D.L. physical), such as not meeting the requirements for vision or hearing, you could be eligible for a driver’s exemption.

Care When You Need It in Orange

DOCS Urgent Care of Orange 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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