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DOT Physicals

Stoneleigh Medical Group

Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine located in Carmel, NY, Brewster, NY, Pawling, NY, & Jefferson Valley, NY

To qualify for a commercial driver’s license, you need to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. Stoneleigh Medical Group provides DOT physicals and certification at its offices in Brewster, Jefferson Valley, Yorktown Heights and Pawling, New York. Set up your DOT physical today by using the online tool or call one of the offices.

DOT Physicals Q&A

Who needs a DOT physical?

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires all commercial drivers to pass a physical exam to prove they’re in good enough health to operate specialized vehicles. 

A DOT physical identifies any health issues that could compromise your ability to operate these vehicles safely and potentially endanger lives. 

What happens during a DOT physical?

A DOT physical includes a review of your medical history and a comprehensive in-person physical exam. 

Your provider at Stoneleigh Medical Group evaluates any symptoms you may be experiencing and orders any warranted screenings due to your age, family medical history, or personal medical history. 

During the physical exam, your provider checks your blood pressure and weight, looks at your ears, nose, eyes, throat, heart, thyroid, and lungs. They also test your muscle strength, reflexes, and flexibility. 

How do existing health conditions affect my ability to pass a DOT physical?

If you have a chronic condition, like diabetes or heart disease, you may require additional blood work or other tests to make sure it’s managed well enough to prevent an incident while you’re driving. 

Most health conditions don’t interfere with your getting the OK to pass your DOT physical, but substance abuse, certain musculoskeletal disorders, and seizures may disqualify you.

What should I bring to a DOT physical appointment?

If you take any prescription medications, bring them and note their dosage, so your provider can take note and make sure they don’t interfere with your driving abilities. 

Any medical records or lab results you have that relate to an existing chronic condition help your provider at Stoneleigh Medical Group review your case. Also, bring a list of any current symptoms or issues you’re experiencing, so you don’t forget to address anything when you meet with them. 

You also need the necessary paperwork from the Department of Transportation so it can be filled out and verified in a timely manner. 

How often do I need a DOT physical?

A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months. If you have a condition that could impair driving, like hypertension, your provider may issue a medical examiner’s certificate for less than 24 months. 

Schedule your DOT physical at Stoneleigh Medical Group today. Call one of the offices or use the online tool to make your appointment.