DOT Physicals

DOT Physical for CDL Truck Drivers

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DOT Physical Medical Examination

DOT physical ability test

DOT Medical Examiners

Mobile Health staffs only certified DOT medical examiners who perform DOT physicals for employment. Consequently, our medical examiners are available for both pre-employment exams as well as annual health screenings. During the physical visit, the driver has the option to have a DOT drug test performed on the same day.

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Individual truck drivers who need a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) physical can request an appointment as needed. Fleet managers and trucking companies who would like to manage employees’ compliance records with Mobile Health can request a free quote to establish an account.

Mobile Health’s experience in occupational health qualifies us to be part of your company’s one-stop-shop for all your hiring needs. That means Mobile Health’s DOT approved physical represents just part of our suite of available services, such as drug screening and background checks.

DOT Physical Information

Physical Examination

Most truck drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) will require a regular DOT physical examination to continue driving certain commercial vehicles. Consequently, this physical exam is especially important for truck drivers whose job depends on a valid CDL with up to date exams.
New truckers training for a CDL test or enrolled in truck driving school are advised to obtain their DOT exams and drug tests right after graduation to avoid any employment delays.

DOT Compliance

DOT physical ability test

Companies with drivers who fall under Department of Transportation (DOT) oversight have specific industry requirements such as a DOT physical. For this reason, these physicals must be performed by a DOT approved medical examiner, and have specific requirements and standards. Failure to follow DOT compliance requirements may result in fines and temporary work stoppage.

FMCSA Changes in May 2014 for DOT Exams

Starting on May 21 2014, the DOT and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) require DOT exams to be performed by a certified medical examiner. A certified medical examiner can be found on the FMCSA’s National Registry.

In the past, most licensed health care professionals were able to perform and evaluate DOT exams. However, this new policy requires that the health care professional attend a training course and pass an exam to earn certification. Those who don’t will not be able to perform DOT exams.

As a regional provider of DOT exams and DOT drug testing, Mobile Health has certified medical examiners to perform DOT exams in every location in New York City and Hempstead, NY.

DOT Physical Health Screening

The Mobile Health medical examiner will evaluate the driver according to DOT health regulations. During the evaluation, they will conduct a series of tests and exams to make sure they meet required standards.

DOT regulations specify that a person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if he or she has NOT:

  • Lost a foot, left, hand or arm, unless skill performance evaluation certificate applies
  • Suffered an impairment of hand or finger to prevent grabbing
  • Displayed a limb defect, limitation or abnormality that interferes with the ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle
  • Had a history or current diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control
  • Received a current diagnosis of cardiovascular disease
  • Suffered respiratory dysfunction
  • Received a current diagnosis of high blood pressure
  • Presented a history or current diagnosis of vascular disease
  • Presented a history or current diagnosis of epilepsy or other condition likely to cause loss of ability to control a commercial motor vehicle
  • Been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder
  • Experienced vision problems, such that the candidate possesses AT LEAST distant vision of 20/40, field of vision of at least 70 degrees and ability to recognize colors of traffic signals
  • Lost the ability to perceive a forced whisper in the better ear not less than 5 feet away
  • Exhibited any trace of illicit drug use
  • Received a current diagnosis of alcoholism

Ref: FMCSA 49 CFR Parts 300-399.


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