Welcome to Chicago InHealth Center dedicated to the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam. We understand that this exam can be confusing and stressful, so we’re here to provide you with all the information you need to prepare for and pass the exam. Whether you’re a commercial driver, bus driver, or truck driver, we’ve got you covered.
What is a DOT Physical Exam?
The DOT physical exam is a medical exam required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for all commercial drivers. The exam ensures that the driver is physically and mentally fit to operate a commercial vehicle safely. The exam includes a thorough medical history review, physical examination, and urine analysis (not a drug test).
Why is a DOT Physical Exam Required?
The FMCSA requires commercial drivers to undergo a DOT physical exam to ensure that they are physically and mentally fit to operate a commercial vehicle safely. This is to reduce the risk of accidents caused by drivers who are not in good health.
What Happens During the DOT Exam?
During the exam, the medical examiner will review your medical history and perform a physical examination to assess your overall health. The exam includes checking your blood pressure, vision, hearing, and other vital signs. You will also be required to provide a urine sample.
Preparing for the Exam
To ensure that you pass the DOT physical exam, it’s important to prepare adequately. You should make sure to get enough rest, eat a healthy meal, and avoid alcohol or drugs before the exam. You should also bring any necessary paperwork or medical records to the exam.
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that you may have questions about the DOT physical exam. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive:
- What happens if I fail the exam?
- How often do I need to take the exam?
- What happens if I have a medical condition that affects my ability to drive?
- How long does the exam take?
For answers to these questions, please scroll down.
Schedule Your Exam Today
Ready to schedule your DOT physical exam? You can schedule your exam with us online or over the phone. Our experienced medical examiners are ready to assist you in passing your exam.
If you have any questions or concerns about the DOT physical exam, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
What happens if I fail the exam?
If you fail the DOT medical exam, you may not be able to renew your commercial driver’s license (CDL). You will be given a medical certification status of “not medically certified” and will not be able to operate a commercial vehicle until you pass the exam. You may also need to provide additional medical information or treatment to regain your certification.
How often do I need to take the exam?
Commercial drivers are required to take the DOT medical exam at least once every two years. However, if you have a medical condition that requires monitoring, you may need to take the exam more frequently. It’s important to check with your medical examiner to determine how often you need to take the exam.
What happens if I have a medical condition that affects my ability to drive?
If you have a medical condition that affects your ability to drive, you may still be able to get a medical certification if your condition is under control and does not pose a safety risk. However, you may need to provide additional medical information or documentation from your treating physician to receive a certification.
How long does the exam take?
The DOT medical exam typically takes about 30 minutes to one hour to complete. However, the duration of the exam may vary depending on the complexity of the medical history and physical examination required. It’s important to arrive early and allow enough time for the exam to be completed without rushing.
About Chicago InHealth Center – The Clinic For DOT Physical Exams
To learn more about DOT physical exams in Chicago or to set up an appointment, please call us today at (312) 949-1289.
Medical forms to fill out prior to your visit
If you are taking any prescription medications or have a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, please print the appropriate form(s) provided below to have filled out and signed by your treating medical physician. Bring the form(s) with you for your appointment.