DOT Physical West Palm Beach/Lake Worth/Wellington - FAQ's
1. What to expect during your DOT exam?
As you know, the DOT physical is designed to determine if a driver’s health condition is good enough for him /her to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle without being a threat to other road users. The exam cannot be skipped as driving without a valid DOT card on the road is illegal.
It is helpful to prepare a list of health-related items to bring with you to the exam. This should include:
A copy of your last medical exam or relevant health records
A copy of your last medical exam from any specialist such as a cardiologist or neurologist
Recent lab results if you have a condition that requires regular lab work, including diabetes mellitus
Any auditory or visual aids such as hearing aids or glasses that you use when you are driving
A detailed list of prescription medications including when you take them and the dosages
2. What does a DOT Physical in West Palm Beach include?
There are several important components to a DOT physical. Each test is important to determine safety to perform the essentials of the job.
A detailed health history which will review the medications you take, surgical history, substance use, and other medical conditions
Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 vision acuity in each eye (corrective lenses are accepted) and be able to distinguish colors.
Hearing has to be good enough to take notice of the so called forced whisper at a distance of at minimum 5 feet (hearing aids are acceptable).
Blood pressure needs to be lower than 160/100 (high blood pressure medications are accepted).
Sugar levels in the blood have to be at a maximum of 200, diabetes that requires an insulin injection is not accepted, only diabetes controlled by using oral medication is allowed).
Additionally, drivers are tested to look for any abnormalities associated with their ears, throat, heart, lungs, chest, abdomen, extremities, and spine. As well as any neurological impairments.
You may need additional testing such as an electrocardiogram based on the findings of the exam.
3. Does the DOT physical include a drug test?
Yes, it is necessary for drivers to pass a drug test.
4. What drugs are the drives tested for?
Drivers are tested for drugs, such as: marijuana, opiates, phencyclidine, cocaine and amphetamines.
5. Can I refuse to do the drug test?
Drivers who refuse to take the drug test are treated the same as if the test results were positive.
6. If my drug test is positive, what consequences will I face?
Drivers whose drug test result comes out positive can lose their CDL and additionally be required to meet with a substance abuse professional.
7. What if I don’t pass the test?
Drivers who don’t meet the requirements are denied their DOT medical certificate.
8. What happens when I pass the test?
Drivers who pass the DOT physical exam receive their DOT medical certificate which is valid for two years. Please remember that there are cases when the medical examiner issues the certificate valid only for three or six months and even up to a year.
9. What shall I bring to the DOT physical in Lake Worth?
Drivers have to bring with them their driver’s license or any other photo ID.
List of any medications they currently take (name / dosage).
Contact lenses or eyeglasses if needed for driving
Hearing aid if needed for driving
Drivers with any medical conditions need to bring the appropriate documentation, e.g. most recent hemoglobin A1C value (drivers with diabetes), Sleep Apnea Compliance Report with at least 60 days (drivers with sleep apnea), or a medical letter from their physician (drivers with any neurological conditions need to bring a letter from their neurologist that addresses the condition)
10. What may disqualify me from obtaining my certificate?
A DOT physical determines if you are healthy and safe to maintain your commercial driver’s license. There are certain instances and conditions for which you may be disqualified including:
Poor vision that cannot be corrected with prescription glasses
Chronic conditions not managed properly such as diabetes, heart, or lung disease
Usually a DOT physical will need to be completed every 2 years, however if you have a chronic condition it may be required annually.
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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.