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DOT Physicals

DOT Physicals

DOT Physicals services offered in Ewing, Hamilton Township, Old Bridge and Brick Township, NJ

All commercial drivers are required by law to undergo routine Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. At AZZ Medical Associates, in Old Bridge, Brick Township, Hamilton Township, and Ewing, New Jersey, the primary care providers regularly work with bus, truck, and other commercial drivers to provide DOT physicals. Call the nearest office today if it’s time for your next DOT physical, or book your appointment online.

DOT Physicals Q & A

What are DOT physicals?

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a routine exam required to obtain a commercial driver’s license. It’s used to make sure you’re healthy enough to handle the grueling demands placed on commercial drivers.

Who needs a DOT physical?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that you undergo a DOT physical if you:

  • Operate vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of over 10,000 pounds
  • Drive vehicles that carry more than 15 people
  • Display a hazmat placard and transport hazardous materials
  • Are paid to drive a vehicle that carries more than eight people

After completing the exam requirements, you receive a certification to drive commercially for two years. If you have a chronic health problem, like diabetes or high blood pressure, more frequent checkups will be required.

What do DOT physicals involve?

At AZZ Medical Associates, DOT physicals include:

Detailed health history

Your provider quizzes you about your health and lifestyle, including if you have chronic health problems, use tobacco or drink alcohol, and take prescription medicines or supplements.

Physical exam

Your provider completes a physical exam. They take your blood pressure, test your reflexes, and assess your hearing, vision, and other health indicators. If you have any concerns or unusual symptoms, bring them up at this time.

Lab work

Your doctor orders lab work, including bloodwork and urinalysis. These screens check for high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and other underlying problems. Depending on your age and health history, your provider could order additional tests, like an electrocardiogram (EKG).

At the end of your DOT physical, your provider fills out a form you can submit to your employer.

What should I bring to a DOT physical?

Make sure to bring the following information to your DOT physical at AZZ Medical Associates:

  • Results from recent lab tests
  • List of the prescription medicines you take, including names and dosages
  • Eyeglasses and/or hearing aids
  • Medical records from specialists if you have diabetes or sleep apnea

Preparing for your appointment helps speed things up and ensures the visit goes smoothly.

Call the nearest AZZ Medical Associates office today to schedule a DOT physical or book your appointment online.