What exactly is a DOT physical?
A DOT physical is a health examination mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for commercial motor vehicle drivers. It ensures that a driver is healthy enough to safely operate a commercial vehicle.
How often do I need a DOT physical?
Typically, a DOT medical certificate lasts for up to 24 months. However, if you have certain health conditions, you may need to get checked more frequently.
What should I bring to my DOT physical appointment?
Please bring a valid driver's license, a list of your medications, glasses or contact lenses if you wear them, and any medical records related to conditions that might affect your ability to drive.
How long does the examination take?
The DOT physical usually takes about 30 minutes, but it can vary based on individual health needs.
What happens if I don't pass the DOT physical?
If there are medical concerns, the medical examiner may provide a temporary medical certificate and recommend treatments or further evaluations. Once addressed, you can be re-evaluated.
Will my personal medical information be shared?
No. Your privacy is crucial to us. While the results are shared with the FMCSA, your detailed medical information remains confidential.
Can I get a DOT physical if I have a known medical condition?
Yes, but it depends on the condition. Some conditions may require additional documentation or evaluations to determine if you can safely operate a commercial vehicle.
How do I prepare for my DOT physical?
It's best to come well-rested, avoid excessive caffeine, and have a light meal beforehand. If you have a medical condition, bring all relevant documentation.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes, we recommend scheduling an appointment to minimize wait times and ensure a smooth process.
What sets TruCare's DOT physicals apart from others?
At TruCare, our DOT physicals are comprehensive, tailored to the unique demands of drivers, and backed by decades of medical expertise. We aim to make the process smooth, efficient, and stress-free.