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What to Bring for Your DOT Physical

What to bring to you DOT physical

  • Valid driver's license
  • Current medication list
  • Glasses, contact lenses and/or hearing aids
  • Federal vision or diabetes waiver (if applicable)
  • Medical records from your treating provider for any condition you may have
    - Cardiac disease: information on your pacemaker, AED-defibrillator, stents or CABG, results of your last EKG, stress test or       echocardiogram
    - Diabetes: medications/insulin use and your latest blood tests with A1C
    - Sleep disorders: last three months of CPAP recordings
    - Pain management: a list of medications and a note from the prescriber stating it is safe for you to drive a commercial vehicle 
  • Avoid caffeine and tobacco one hour before exam

The Exam

  • Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate: The medical examiner will check your blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.

  • Urinalysis: A urinalysis is required. The test looks for indications of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.

  • Hearing: Drivers must be able to perceive what is known as a “forced whisper” at a distance of 5ft or less with- or without- a hearing aid. This standard equates to an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.

  • Vision: Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction. They are also required to have at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye.

  • Physical Examination: The physical exam will cover a dozen different categories.