DOT Physicals in Stratford, CT

For a rapid and appointment-free experience, visit the DOCS Urgent Care walk-in clinic in Stratford, CT to get your DOT Physicals. It’s required for all commercial drivers, as well as self-employed drivers. Every business is legally obligated to get DOT Physicals for all of its commercial drivers.

Our urgent care clinic takes most health insurance policies. All D.O.T. physicals done in the DOCS Urgent Care Clinic in Stratford, CT is administered by Board Certified, NRCME-certified clinicians. Our medical personnel can get you back on the road by providing you with your DOT Physicals in our Stratford, CT clinic.



200 E Main Street (Dock Plaza – Railside)
Stratford, CT 06614

(203) 923-2974

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What to Know About DOT Physicals / CDL Physicals

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

All commercial drivers need to go through a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical—a.k.a. CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) physical—every two years. DOT physicals, are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These decide if the driver is healthy and free from any potential health-related problems.

D.O.T. physicals / CDL physicals are given to any driver working as a commercial vehicle operator. It assesses the mental and physical health of every driver to determine if they can safely drive without posing a risk to other drivers. D.O.T (CDL) medical clinicians are qualified to evaluate the regulations to prevent any drivers from being inappropriately disqualified. Visit our Stratford, CT clinic to have your D.O.T. Physical (CDL physical) administered today.


DOT physicals are tests that all commercial drivers need to take every two years. To obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license) a DOT Physical is also needed. Not everybody calls it the same exam. For these drivers who are renewing or obtaining a CDL, the DOT physical will often be referred to as a “CDL physical.”

Not all commercial drivers need a CDL, but most will need the Medical Examiner’s (ME) Certificate renewed annually, which can be earned from a DOT physical. DOT physicals can be taken for different reasons among different people.

What do i need to bring to the DOT (CDL) Physical?

All commercial drivers need to bring in all the proper paperwork for their D.O.T. Physical at our Stratford, CT walk-in clinic. Bring a valid driver’s license, prescription glasses or contact lenses if required, hearing aids if required, list of prescriptions, and medical history. If you’ve experienced any of the following, you are required to list it:

  • 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 / CDL PHYSICAL ?


Vision must be at least 20/40 in both eyes and able to recognize colors. (With or without corrective lenses)


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

Blood Pressure/Pule Rate

Tests for high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or another cardiovascular disorder. To pass it must be below 160/100. (Medications are accepted)


Tests for underlying medical conditions, like the onset of illnesses such as 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 (a.k.a. CDL physical) and need to bring your vaccinations current, visit our DOCS Urgent Care in Stratford, CT. Here is a list of the Vaccinations we provide:

  • 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 ?

If you didn’t pass certain areas of the D.O.T. Physical, such as for vision or hearing, you might be eligible for a driver’s exemption.

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DOCS Urgent Care of Stratford 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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