What Happens When You Get a DOT Physical

If you drive for a living, you will need to have a DOT physical every year to ensure it is safe for you and other drivers on the road while you work. PanCare Of Florida performs DOT physicals and has multiple locations Including Freeport and Bonifay, FL.

What To Expect During a DOT Physical

Before you have your DOT physical, you will need to fill out a Medical Examination Report For Commercial Driver Fitness Determination. You will need to write down your past medical history and any medical problems you have. It is essential that you include everything on the form. Neglecting to write something down could result in you failing, and you cannot get your DOT card.

When the paperwork is filled out, the examination will begin. The doctor will perform several tests to ensure it is safe for you to be on the road.

  • Vision test: To be a commercial driver, you need to be able to see well. Your vision needs to be at least 20/40 to meet the requirement and have at least 70 degrees of peripheral vision in each eye. If you wear glasses or contacts, you will need to wear them during the test. You may also be required to take a color vision test.

  • Hearing test: You will need to pass a simple hearing test to get your DOT card. The doctor will stand five feet away from you and will whisper a sentence. You must be able to repeat the sentence with or without a hearing aid.

  • Pulse rate and blood pressure: These tests are performed to detect an irregular heartbeat and hypertension.

  • Urine test: A sample of your urine will be tested to detect chronic medical conditions such as diabetes.

  • Physical exam: The doctor will perform a comprehensive physical exam to check for signs that could impede your ability to drive, such as respiratory dysfunction, arthritis, vascular disease, high blood pressure, and epilepsy.

How Long Does the DOT Physical Take?

When you are in the exam room, it will take 45 minutes to an hour to complete the entire exam. If patients are waiting, you will be at the doctor's office longer.

What Happens If I Fail?

If you don't meet the requirements and fail the exam, you can apply for an exemption with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) if you are an interstate driver. Unfortunately, the FMCSA cannot exempt the requirements of the state you work.

The FMCSA will review any relevant information, such as your medical records, employment history, and driving history. Within 180 days of filing your application, you will receive their decision.

If you aren't granted an exemption, you may need to find a new line of work.

If you need a DOT physical, the professionals at PanCare Of Florida perform DOT exams, and they have multiple locations Including Freeport and Bonifay.

To schedule an appointment in Freeport, FL, call (850) 880-6568. To schedule an appointment in Bonifay, FL, call (850) 547-5547.