How to Prepare for Your Upcoming DOT Physical

You may be familiar with a general physical, an exam that may be performed every year to maintain your wellness. A DOT physical, however, is something else altogether. You need to do quite a bit of legwork on your own before getting it.

The DOT physical is a lengthy assessment of your physical and mental health you need when pursuing a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for a job, such as a long-haul trucker. Here at Cermak Immediate Care, our providers can tell you more about this type of physical, in addition to what you can do in advance to prepare.

What is a DOT physical?

A DOT physical is an exam given that meets the standards of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You need to have one before you can become licensed in certain situations, such as:

During this type of physical, we perform a full assessment of your physical or mental health. We ask about your history of surgeries, current medications you take, whether or not you smoke, and any chronic conditions you may have, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Having diabetes or high blood pressure isn’t necessarily a sign of “failing” the physical as long as you can point to having them well-managed.

What you’ll need to prepare

Many components of the DOT physical include obtaining and bringing in the following information:

The more of these things you can bring to your appointment, the closer you are to getting your CDL.

Who can’t get a CDL

Unfortunately, not everyone who wants a commercial driver’s license qualifies for one. Some of the conditions that can disqualify you include:

If you have one of the above conditions, you may not pass a DOT physical.

If you need to get a DOT physical, schedule an appointment with our team at Cermak Immediate at the location nearest you. We also take walk-in appointments.

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