DOT Physicals in West Hartford, CT

DOCS Urgent Care of West Hartford provides all commercial drivers with simple walk-in DOT physicals. A FMCSA certified doctor will be able to go through the examination with you, and complete this important process before you begin your work. 

At DOCS Urgent Care of West Hartford, we accept most major insurance plans. Call today to schedule an appointment. Or, take advantage of our walk-in DOT physicals (a.k.a. CDL physicals).


DOCS URGENT CARE – West Hartford

983 New Britain Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06110




What to Know About DOT Physicals

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

A Department of Transportation physical evaluates a driver’s vision, blood pressure, and medical history. DOT physicals are required of a driver every 24 months. Our FMCSA certified Docs Urgent Care doctors will examine our West Hartford patients.

Our D.O.T. medical physicians are highly experienced and trained to evaluate the regulations to stop any drivers from being disqualified. Commercial drivers in the West Hartford, CT area, be proactive, and stop by your local DOCS Urgent Care for your DOT exam.


Yes, these two names are referring to the same physical. Sometimes the DOT physical is called the “CDL physical” because a person is specifically looking to renew or earn a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). This physical is required for them to fulfill some necessary medical requirements.

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

Before your DOT (CDL) physical, make sure you bring with you your valid driver’s license, a review of your medical history, any prescription glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids if necessary, and a list of current prescriptions. This will save time, and give your doctor the information needed to proceed.

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?


Your doctor will test your vision for at least 20/40 in both eyes and make sure you’re able to distinguish various colors. (With or without prescription lenses)


Drivers must be able to perceive what is known as a “forced whisper” at less than five feet away with or without their hearing aid.

doctor performing eye exam

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)

Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate

To make sure you’re healthy to be sitting for long periods of time, your blood pressure and pulse will be checked for any irregularities.


A urinalysis scans for any common disease or underlying medical conditions that may need attention.


  • Hepatitis A (Hep A)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Polio/ Tetanus/ Typhoid
  • Influenza (Flu)

What if i need to update my vaccinations?

One of our FMCSA certified clinicians can provide West Hartford drivers with up to date vaccinations to complete your physical. Vaccinations we provide include:

  • 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?


The DOT(CDL) physical exam determines if you are healthy and able to operate a large vehicle. Our doctors, to the best of our abilities will determine if you could be a danger to other motor vehicle drivers.

You can receive a second opinion as long as you are honest with your medical history. Leaving out information can lead to a disqualification or future fines.

The Care You Need, When You Need It in Bethel

Our goal at DOCS Urgent Care of West Hartford is to provide driver’s with quick and easy access to DOT physical examinations. Our dedicated doctors are here to make sure you are healthy to continue working. Are you in need of a DOT physical? Come to your local DOCS Urgent care today, walk-ins welcome!


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