DOT Physical Exam is required by the Department of Transportation for all Commercial Drivers.
A driver’s physical and mental conditions are checked to make sure they operate a vehicle safely.

DOT Physicals are Essential

Companies can not hire drivers without a valid DOT card. DOT physicals are a must-have if you employ commercial drivers or if you are one. DOT physical ensure drivers will be safe on the road and compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Dot Physical Exams

Who needs to pass the DOT physical exam?

Everyone who comes under one of these groups needs to pass a DOT physical exam:

  • People whose job requires to carry hazardous materials
  • People drive motor vehicles with over 10.000 pounds of gross weight
  • If you are going to operate commercial motor vehicles
  • You drive a motor vehicle that takes more than eight people

DOT Physical Exam Requirements

Before taking the Department of Transportation physical exam, all the drivers and the candidates should be capable of:

  • The driver should be keen on seeing, hearing, and thinking. The drivers have to have a visual or visual intellectual acuity of 20/40 with or with or without using corrective visual aids.
  • The drivers should have 70 degrees or more vision in each eye.
  • The drivers should be able to hear a forced whisper within the perimeter of 5 feet, but without using any corrective hearing aid.
  • The drivers should pass the compulsory audiometer assessment.
  • The drivers should not have a history of high or low blood pressure. The blood pressure should be at 140/90.

Those who meet the requirements and pass the test receive a DOT certificate that’s valid for 24 months.

How often is a DOT exam required?

Almost most of the medical certificates are valid for two years. However, if you suffer a particular medical condition like low/high blood pressure or anything that could affect your performance ability, a one year certificate might be granted. In some serious medical conditions, the candidate might get a three months certificate.

What makes one candidate disqualified from Exam?

There are some conditions which disqualify the candidates and make them ineligible to take the DOT physical exam:

  • The candidate has a history of alcohol addiction/sedative drugs.
  • The candidate undergoes a treatment that includes prescribed drugs
  • The candidate suffers seizures
  • The candidate suffers physical restrictions
  • The candidate undergoes a treatment that involves prescribed drugs

What should you bring to the exam?

  • Your medical history
  • Glasses or let the examiner know if you wear contacts
  • Hearing Aids
  • List of prescriptions medications, and current dosage you take

The DOT exam takes about 45m at SNOHC. The test assures you, and everyone else is safe while driving. Relax for this mandatory test by OSHA. Put away your worries, stay active, eat well, take your medications, if any. You will have no problem with the way to pass a physical.


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