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DOT And CDL Physicals Specialist

North Star Clinic

Concierge Primary Care located in Port Townsend, WA

Department of Transportation (DOT) and commercial driver’s license (CDL) physicals are a crucial part of getting on the road, so North Star Clinic makes it easy to schedule your physicals at our location in Port Townsend, Washington. James Blair is a Certified Medical Examiner through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

DOT and CDL Physicals Q&A

What are DOT and CDL physicals?

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The Department requires a DOT physical of Transportation. There are several reasons you could need a DOT physical, including:

  • Operating a commercial vehicle with a weight of over 10,000 pounds
  • Operating a vehicle that holds more than 15 people
  • Operating a vehicle that holds more than eight people as part of your job
  • Transporting hazardous materials

The most common of these reasons is operating a commercial vehicle, but many people who have DOT exams operate much smaller van-sized vehicles. 

One of the main requirements for obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a DOT physical. So, everyone who seeks a CDL needs a DOT physical, but not everyone who needs a DOT physical seeks a CDL. 

What do DOT and CDL physicals involve?

DOT physicals check several aspects of your general health, including:

  • Full medical history
  • Current and past prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications and supplements
  • Visual acuity
  • Color vision
  • Hearing
  • Breathing
  • Heart function
  • Abdominal health 
  • Vascular system function
  • Urinary system function
  • Spine function
  • Reflexes
  • Balance
  • Limb function and strength

The exam essentially covers everything that could come into play when you’re operating a motor vehicle, so it’s a comprehensive exam. In addition to all the health checkups, you’ll have a urinalysis to check for problems like high blood sugar. You may need vaccinations if you’re not up to date. 

What should I bring to DOT and CDL physicals?

Bring a form of identification, like your Driver’s License. Bring a complete list of all medications and past medications to your exam. If you wear a hearing aid, glasses, or contact lenses, bring them with you as well. 

If North Star Clinic isn’t your primary care provider, you may want to request that your provider forward any pertinent medical history to the office ahead of your exam. 

How long are the results of DOT and CDL physicals valid?

DOT and CDL physical results are valid for a maximum of 24 months. If you have medical problems that require monitoring, you may need follow-up exams more frequently. 

North Star Clinic is here to guide you through a successful DOT and CDL exam, so reach out by phone, or call the office to schedule your physical exam now. You can also schedule an appointment online via the website.