If you plan on pursuing or maintaining a career that involves operating a commercial vehicle, you should also expect to undergo a routine DOT physical.
These required exams — shorthand for a “Department of Transportation physical” — are comprehensive checkups to ensure you’re in good physical, emotional, and mental health, so you won’t endanger anyone while driving.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires DOT physicals for anyone who:
Fortunately, DOT physicals are painless and straightforward. And, once you successfully complete the requirements, you’re usually set for two years.
If you’re a commercial driver, our providers at AZZ Medical Associates have you covered, because we have FMCSA-certified medical examiners at each of our New Jersey locations. If you need a DOT physical, here’s how you can prepare for your appointment.
DOT physicals are like most routine checkups or annual wellness exams. And, just like those visits, you can start getting organized before you even set foot in our office.
Before coming to your appointment, plan on pulling together the following items:
You can also fill out your DOT Physical medical examination report form before you arrive. Having these items ready in advance can help keep you relaxed and stress-free during your exam.
Last but not least, make sure you’re ready to urinate when you arrive, because you need to provide a urine sample.
DOT exams usually take around 45 minutes.
During your appointment, we perform a comprehensive health review, including:
We also do blood work and a urinalysis to look for underlying medical issues, such as high cholesterol and high blood sugar. Depending on your health, medical history, and age, we may order additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG).
Finally, a DOT drug test is often required by the Department of Transportation, so we could suggest doing this during your appointment. This step typically takes an additional 10-15 minutes.
After completing your DOT physical, your provider fills out your form, and you receive your DOT medical card or MEC immediately. You need a valid MEC to keep and renew a commercial driver’s license. In most cases, your medical card lasts two years. However, your provider can issue a card for less time if you have an existing condition that requires monitoring, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Do you need a DOT exam? We can give you the help you need. To learn more, call 609-890-1050 or book an appointment online with AZZ Medical Associates today. We have locations in Old Bridge, Brick Township, Hamilton Township, and Ewing, New Jersey.