A DOT Physical is a complete examination of the driver’s physical and mental health. This is required by Federal Law to be completed every 24 months.

Concerned you might forget about this? Let us do the work for you!

We remind you when a new exam is coming!

Imagine not being able to make a shipment on time because one of your drivers forgot to get his/her physical done!

This may surprise you, but we see this all the time.

This is why the Industrial Medical Center not only provides timely and accurate DOT Physicals, but we send you a reminder when they are due so your drivers not only stay on the road but are kept healthy and happy.

During the examination, the driver will be tested for his/her mental and physical well being, ensuring that it is safe for them to get behind the wheel of a truck. This is done for both the driver’s and the public’s well being and a driver is not allowed to to go through training or be on the road unless one has been completed a physical in the past two years.

What’s Required To Pass A DOT Physical?

The driver’s medical history is evaluated by our staff of medical professionals and we use the following DOT Physical requirements when making our assessment of whether the driver is healthy enough to drive or not.

DOT Physical Requirements will include the following:

Vision 20/40 Correctible vision is both eyes. Eye contacts or glasses are permitted for vision correction
Hearing Driver must be able to hear a forced whisper from 5 feet away in one ear. Hearing aids are acceptable to correct this.
Sleep Apnea If you have a sleep disorder, you must have a demonstrated sleep study within the last 12 months and have a letter of release by your physician.
Diabetes Although the guideline is <10% A1C, it is up to the medical examiner’s discretion for approval. Oral medication is allowed.
Blood Sugar Oral medication is allowed to control Blood Sugar issues but the driver should not use needle injected insulin to control these problems.
Heart Health If the driver has a history of heart problems, they will be required to have an annual stress test and letter of release by their primary physician.
Blood Pressure Medication is allowed to control blood pressure. If the driver is over 180/110 they will be considered disqualified
Medications This is taken on a case-by-case basis. Call the office to speak to a member of our medical staff.

Drug Testing During The DOT Physical

As part of the physical process, the Department of Transportation requires a drug test to be completed before the medical examiner is allowed to sign off on the driver.

The drug test will check for trace elements of all of the following:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Methanphetamine
  • PCP
  • Opiate-related drugs

Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

Furthermore, the physical will check for signs of alcohol abuse by the applicant. A history of alcoholic tendencies will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

National Registry Certification For DOT Physicals

At IMC, we take what we do extremely seriously, which is why we are registered members of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

The National Registry aims to:
  • Ensure that medical examiners understand fully the medical standards in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and related guidance and how they apply to CMV drivers
  • Maintain ongoing competency of medical examiners through training, testing, certification and recertification
  • Promote public confidence in the quality of the medical examinations of CMV drivers

In order to become considered as part of the National Registry, a clinic must take specialized training for the examination process and take a rigorous test to receive certification by the Medical Review Board.

All of this is to ensure your driver’s DOT Physical is completed not only on time but is compliant with federal law. The last thing you would want is to spend money on a physical for your driver just to find out that the examiner wasn’t certified!

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