DOT Physical

Select Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Raleigh, NC

If you work for a business designated as “safety-sensitive” by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), you’ll need to have a regular DOT physical to comply with safety regulations. The team at Select Family Practice in Raleigh, North Carolina offers DOT physicals and completes the appropriate paperwork for you to submit to your employer and the DOT. If you’re due for your DOT physical, call or schedule an appointment online today.

DOT Physical Q & A

What is a DOT physical?

A DOT physical is similar to your annual wellness exam, but it includes a few additional tests. A DOT physical complies with strict guidelines set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to ensure that commercial drivers and other safety-sensitive employees are in good health and able to perform their jobs without compromising their safety or the safety of others.

Why would I need a DOT physical?

Certain commercial drivers are required to have a DOT physical to comply with the regulations governing their careers.

For example, if you are an interstate driver, you need a DOT physical and medical certificate if you:

  • Operate a vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds
  • Transport hazardous materials
  • Drive a vehicle that can carry more than 15 passengers including the driver
  • Operate a vehicle that carries more than 15 passengers, for direct compensation, more than 75 air miles from your usual work location

In North Carolina, if you are an intrastate driver, you need a DOT physical if you operate in a nonexcepted commerce type. Your employer should provide advice on whether or not you need a DOT physical.

What should I bring to a DOT physical?

You should complete any health history paperwork in advance of your DOT physical appointment and bring it with you. You should also bring a list of your doctors’ names and address as well as any medications you take.

If you wear glasses or contacts, you should bring them with you. If you have a hearing problem, you need to bring your hearing aid. If you’ve had recent lab work for diabetes or other health issues, you should bring a copy of your results as well as your blood-sugar logs.

What should I expect during a DOT physical?

DOT physicals are similar to your annual wellness exam. In addition to checking your blood pressure, weight, and height, and performing a physical exam, your provider also checks your vision and hearing. They also require a urinalysis to check for signs of diabetes as well as to screen for illicit or prescribed drugs.

Your provider completes the paperwork and medical certificate for you to return to your employer and the DOT.

Call Select Family Practice today or schedule an appointment online for your next DOT physical.