There’s nothing worse than going for your DOT physical exam and not being able to get your medical card on the spot because something’s missing. Find out what you should know before you get to your DOT physical appointment.
Things To Be Prepared For Your Appointment
• Make sure to continue taking your prescribed medications as usual.
• Wear loose clothing for the physical exam.
• Don’t use the restroom just before your appointment. You will need to give a small urine sample for a kidney screen. This is not for a drug test.
Things You Must Bring To Your Appointment
• Your valid driver’s license.
• Eye glasses or contact lenses, if applicable. If you recently had an eye exam it would be helpful, but not necessary, to bring that exam report with you.
• A working hearing aid, if applicable.
• List of medications, and the name and contact information of the prescribing doctor.
• Medical release opinion letter from your primary doctor or specialist for any medical conditions being treated, or recent illness, injury, or surgery.
• Current FMCSA Waiver or Exemption Certificate or Skills Performance Evaluation if applicable.
What To Expect During The Examination
• The doctor will review your health history with you.
• Conduct a thorough physical examination.
• Run a urine screen (dip-stick test) for urine specific gravity, urine protein, urine blood, and urine sugar, to check for the onset of possible disqualifying medical conditions.
How Long Is A DOT Medical Card Good For?
• 2 years – If you meet all the FMCSA DOT Regulations for Commercial Driver Fitness.
• A limited time, usually 1 year or 6 months, if periodic monitoring is required for certain medical conditions.
• A limited time, usually a 1 to 3 month window, if you have a recently diagnosed condition that you are working with your primary care doctor to get under control.
• Temporarily disqualified. A medical condition or medication may cause your medical card to be disqualified until the disqualifying conditions are rectified.
Dr. Dean M. Zusmer
Miami Chiropractor

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