DOT physical is an FMCSA medical examination for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate their vehicles. Here, the DOT stands for Department of Transportation.
FMCSA requires all CMV drivers to complete and pass the Department of Transportation physical to ensure public and driver safety. Passing this examination will validate your commercial driver’s license (CDL) for 24 months.
Visit one of our urgent care center locations in northeast Ohio to take the Department of Transportation physical. We accept walk-ins or book an appointment!
What Awaits You in a DOT Physical?
During your DOT physical exam, a certified CME will check your medical history and vital signs and perform some necessary hands-on physical examinations on you:
- General Appearance
- Lungs and chest
- Mouth and throat
- Nervous system
- Back and spine
- Hernias etc.
If you can meet the DOT physical requirements, the CME will issue you a DOT medical card or medical examiner’s certificate (MEC). You need this DOT medical card to keep your commercial driver’s license. To get a DOT physical exam, you must complete and submit forms at least 45 days before the examination.
When Will You Need a DOT Physical?
A DOT physical is required in the following circumstances:
- Drivers operating a motor vehicle for interstate commerce with a gross combination weight rating.
- Operating CMV with a gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds
- Operating CMV with gross vehicle weight rating
- Operating a motor vehicle that can carry more than 15 individuals.
- Drivers are getting paid to operate motor vehicles that can carry more than 8 individuals.
- Operating vehicles to transport hazardous materials that require your vehicle to be placarded.
The Department of Transportation has created several DOT physical requirements; Health Express Urgent Care follows these regulations to perform this physical exam for the DOT. Drivers who want to pass the DOT exam must meet these criteria set by the Department of Transportation. At Health Express Urgent Care, FMCSA-trained and certified CMEs can perform your physicals for the DOT.
Where to get DOT Physicals?
Health Express Urgent Care is an urgent care clinic located in Ohio where you can get your DOT physical done under a qualified CME. At Health Express Urgent Care, we accept walk-ins and scheduled examinations.
Get an appointment beforehand or visit our center in Ohio to get your physical. Our CME is trained to perform an in-depth medical examination. We’ll also forward your results to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).