Why Do I Need a DOT Physical?
The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires operators of large vehicles such as busses and trucks to be physically and mentally fit.
Where Do I Go to Get an Examination?
The doctors and Physio Health Clinic are here to help you get your DOT physical completed. We are registered in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Call us for an appointment at 253-850-9780
How Often Do I Need a DOT Physical?
For most drivers, the medical certificate you receive after passing your DOT physical exam will be good for 2 years. However, there are medical conditions that require more frequent testing including diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and related heart diseases. Depending on the severity of the condition, you may be required to renew anywhere from 3 months to 1 year.
What do I Need to Bring for my DOT Exam?
You will need to bring a complete list of the medications you are currently taking along with the dosage and the prescribing doctors’ names and addresses. If you wear eyeglasses or contacts, be sure to bring those too.
What Will They Test?
For your DOT physical exam, the medical examiner will provide you with a questionnaire that will document your health history. On this form you will be asked:
- Current medications you are taking
- Consumption of alcohol
- Use of tobacco and other substances
- Any surgeries you have had
- Other symptom or medical conditions you may be experiencing
For the physical examination, the medical examiner will test:
- Blood pressure
- Other relevant health factors.
Other testing will include urinalysis to check for sugar levels as well as test for drugs in your system. You may also have blood drawn to test for a variety of other medical conditions.
How Should I Prepare for the DOT Physical?
To improve your test results, improve your health:
- If you smoke, consider quitting
- If you are on medications, see your regular doctor as necessary and be sure to take the medications as prescribed.
- Update your eyeglass or contacts prescription.
- Avoid alcohol and other substances.
- Maintain a good weight. Your regular physician can provide guidance.
- Avoid foods that affect sugar levels in your blood or increase blood pressure.