DOT Physicals in Waterbury (Chase Ave), CT

DOCS Urgent Care in Waterbury, CT gives thorough DOT Physicals for all businesses with commercial drivers. Self-employed commercial drivers can stop in to get their physical done by one of our physicians. At our clinic in Waterbury, CT, walk-in facility we accept patients seven days of the week.

Our team is comprised of superior medical experts. We strive to provide quality care at affordable costs. Our walk-in clinic accepts the majority of health insurances. Any D.O.T. Physical done at DOCS Urgent Care in Waterbury, CT is performed by Board Certified, NRCME-certified clinicians.



279 Chase Ave
Waterbury, CT 06704

(203) 528-4993

(203) 528-4116


What to Know About DOT (CDL) Physicals

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

Our Waterbury, CT clinic can give you the essential DOT Physical /CDL Physical. A DOT (Department of Transportation) physical—a.k.a. CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) physical—is required every two years for all drivers operating commercial vehicles. It evaluates the driver’s physical and mental abilities to figure out if they’re medically fit enough to operate a commercial vehicle safely. DOT physicals are managed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and conclude if a driver is in healthy condition.

D.O.T. Physicals (CDL physicals) are designed to uncover any mental, physical, or emotional issues that could possibly impact the driver’s capacity to safely handle a commercial vehicle. D.O.T. medical examiners are equipped specifically to interpret the regulations to prevent any drivers from being inappropriately disqualified. To obtain your D.O.T. Physical, come by our Waterbury, CT location.


DOT physical exams—also known as CDL physical exams— are required for most commercial drivers. These exams also have to be taken to receive or renew a CDL. The terms are interchangeable because not all commercial drivers need a CDL. Current CDL holders need to take this physical every two years to keep their Medical Examiner’s (ME) Certificate updated.

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

When you visit our Waterbury, CT clinic for your D.O.T. Physical, bring your valid driver’s license, any prescription glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids, list of prescriptions, and medical history. You’re required to list if you have 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?


Drivers need to pass with at least 20/40 in both eyes and distinguish between colors. (With or without corrective lenses)


Drivers should be able to detect a “forced whisper” at less than five feet away. (With or without hearing aids during the test)

Blood Pressure/Pule Rate

This test finds if you have high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or another cardiovascular disorder. It’s required to be under 160/100. (Medications are acceptable)


A urinalysis uncovers any underlying medical conditions. It detects the initial 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?

The experts at DOCS Urgent Care in Waterbury, CT are here to make sure your vaccinations are up to date for your D.O.T. Physical. Here’s a list of Vaccinations we give 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 / CDL PHYSICAL?

If you don’t pass particular sections of the D.O.T. Physical, like the hearing or vision, you could be eligible for a driver’s exemption.

Care When You Need It in Waterbury

DOCS Urgent Care of Waterbury 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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