DOT Exams

If you work in the trucking industry, you know how important it is to stay on top of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations in order to maintain your employment. One essential requirement for commercial truck drivers is the DOT physical, or DOT exam.

What Is a DOT Physical?

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) exam is a basic physical exam that’s purpose is to ensure all commercial vehicle drivers are physically able to operate a commercial vehicle.

According to FMCSA requirements, DOT exam can only be administered by a licensed medical examiner. Dr. Robert Berke, a Certified Medical Examiner for the Department of Transportation, has received specialized training to ensure your DOT physical meets State and Federal regulations.


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What You Need to Know Before Your DOT Physical

In order to pass your DOT exam, Dr. Berke will need to confirm that you are healthy enough to safely operate a commercial vehicle. Your exam will include:

  • An overview of your medical history, including past surgeries and current medications.
  • A discussion about your current and past use of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.
  • A look at any existing health symptoms or medical concerns.
  • Dr. Berke will test your hearing, vision, and blood pressure.

Patients should also anticipate a urinalysis to evaluate blood sugar levels. Before your DOT exam you will want to do the following:

  • Collect all relevant information including medical history and current prescriptions.
  • Take all prescription medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • If necessary, complete an eye exam and make sure any glasses or contact prescriptions you may have are current and up to date.
  • If necessary, complete a hearing exam and make sure your hearing aids are functioning and with you at the time of your appointment.

After your DOT exam, if Dr. Berke finds that you are physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle, Family Health Medical Services (FHMS) will provide you with a copy of your DOT exam results. These results will be valid for two years, unless you have a specific medical condition that requires annual examinations.

Please note: DOT physicals are not covered by insurance and payment is due at the time of service. You can call any of our offices for pricing and appointment information.

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