DOT Physicals

Do Your Employees Need DOT Physicals?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) requires anyone with a commercial learner’s permit or driver’s license to obtain a valid DOT card, also called a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. A driver must also carry a DOT card if driving a commercial vehicle or a vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds, even if the driver doses not have a commercial license.

The only way to obtain a valid DOT card is to have an examination by a physician. Broward Outpatient Urgent Care offers DOT physical examinations in a convenient location, making it easier for employers to meet the requirements of the FMCSA. If any of your employees need urgent care, our physicians are also able to provide medical screenings and treatment for many illnesses and injuries.

DOT Physicals
  • Health History Review (click to view)

    The physician completing the DOT examination must complete a detailed report documenting the driver’s health history and results of several tests. Your employees should expect to answer questions about recent injuries and illnesses, alcohol use, and drug use. The physician will also ask if applicants have any of the following:

    • Brain injuries
    • Epilepsy
    • Chronic bronchitis
    • Liver disease
    • hearing loss
    • Heart disease
    • History of heart attack
    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • Psychiatric disorders
    • Missing limbs
    • Chronic low back pain
    • Spinal injuries

    The physician will also ask if the employee has a history of dizziness, fainting, or loss of consciousness. If the employee has epilepsy, diabetes, or high blood pressure, the examiner will note any medications used to treat these conditions. Employees should also be prepared to list all prescription and over-the-counter medications they use.

    Health History Review
  • Vision Exam (click to view)

    Once the examiner reviews the employee’s health history, it is time for the vision, hearing, and blood pressure tests. To qualify for a DOT card, a driver must have at least 20/40 vision in each eye, with or without corrective lenses. The examiner will also check the employee’s peripheral vision. Instruct your employees to wear their corrective lenses to the urgent care center in Pompano Beach Florida, especially if they wear contact lenses. Those who wear contacts must be able to demonstrate they have adapted well to their use. The physician will also note whether the employee is able to distinguish among different traffic signals.

    Vision Exam
  • Hearing Exam (click to view)

    The Department of Transportation has very specific requirements for the hearing exam used to determine if someone is eligible for a DOT card. The examiner must check if the employee wears a hearing aid during the test and, if so, determine if the hearing aid is needed to meet the requirements for the test. Applicants must be able to hear a forced whisper from at least five feet away. The average hearing loss in the applicant’s better ear can be no more than 40 decibels.

    Hearing Exam
  • Blood Pressure and Pulse (click to view)

    The physician conducting the DOT exam must take at least two blood pressure readingsto confirm the findings. A driver is qualified for a Florida DOT card if his or her blood pressure is less than 140/90. Our physician at Broward Outpatient Urgent Care will also check the applicant’s pulse to determine if it is regular or irregular.

    Blood Pressure and Pulse
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