DOT Physicals in West Haven, CT

Local companies are required to get DOT/CDL physicals for all drivers operating commercial vehicles. It’s illegal for anyone to drive a commercial vehicle without a valid DOT card. Stop by the DOCS Urgent Care clinic in West Haven, CT for your DOT/CDL physical. We’ll administer your examination promptly and at an affordable rate.

We certify that any D.O.T./C.D.L. physical performed in our DOCS Urgent Care Clinic in West Haven, CT is given by a Board Certified, NRCME-certified clinician. This physical determines if there are any current physical or mental problems. Our physicians are fully capable of giving you a DOT Physical in our West Haven, CT office.



636 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

(203) 691-1584

(203) 859-5243


What to Know About DOT / CDL Physicals

What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?

If you’re driving commercial vehicles, then you’re obligated to acquire a new DOT (Department of Transportation) Physical every 24 months. DOT Physicals are monitored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These evaluate if the driver is healthy and free from a variety of health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and poor vision. The DOT physical is the same exam as the CDL (commercial driver’s license) physical.

Doctors administer D.O.T./C.D.L. Physicals to determine if the driver is mentally and physically healthy enough to manage a commercial vehicle without threatening other drivers on the road. D.O.T. medical physicians are uniquely trained to understand the laws to stop any drivers from being inappropriately disqualified. To obtain your D.O.T. Physical, stop by our West Haven, CT location.


Not all drivers that require a DOT physical exam will require a CDL physical exam. There are specifications, such as weight limitations and whether or not drivers travel across state borders, that show if they need a Medical Examiner’s (ME) Certificate. However, the CDL and DOT physicals are the same. 

What do i need to bring to the DOT Physical?

For your D.O.T physical (a.k.a. C.D.L. physical) in our West Haven, CT clinic, bring a valid driver’s license, prescription glasses or contact lenses if required, hearing aids if required, list of prescriptions, and medical history. Drivers are required to disclose 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/CDL physical?


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


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

Blood Pressure/Pule Rate

Detects high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or other cardiovascular disorders. Must be under 160/100 for you to pass. (Medications are accepted)


It tests for underlying medical conditions, like the onset of illnesses 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 ready for your D.O.T. Physical but need your vaccinations updated, our physicians at the DOCS Urgent Care in West Haven, CT can assist you. Here’s a list of the 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/CDL physical?

If you failed specific areas of the D.O.T./C.D.L. Physical, for example, the sections for hearing or vision, you might be eligible for a driver’s exemption.

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