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Obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) requires passing a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical to ensure you are capable of meeting the demanding requirements of commercial driving. At Cermak Immediate Care, located in Cicero and Roseland, Chicago, Illinois, our experienced team is equipped to conduct thorough DOT physicals and help you meet all necessary health standards to achieve your licensing goals.

Understanding DOT Physicals

A DOT physical is a specialized examination mandated by the Department of Transportation to ensure that commercial vehicle drivers are in good health and can safely handle the long hours and stress of operating commercial vehicles. Only certified Medical Examiners, such as those at Cermak Immediate Care, are qualified to perform this examination.

What Happens During a DOT Physical?

The DOT physical includes a comprehensive evaluation of your health which encompasses several key areas:

  • Medical History Review: This includes questions about neurological, psychiatric disorders, chronic illnesses, and any history of major diseases like diabetes or heart disease.
  • Vision and Hearing Tests: To ensure that drivers meet the federal standards for vision and hearing.
  • Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate: Checking these can identify issues with hypertension or other underlying conditions.
  • Urinalysis: This test is conducted to screen for underlying health issues including kidney disorders or diabetes.
  • Physical Examination: A thorough physical exam that includes the assessment of your heart, lungs, digestive health, reflexes, and overall physical condition.

Preparing for Your DOT Physical

To ensure a smooth and efficient physical, it’s important to come prepared:

  • Medical Records: Bring documentation of any chronic conditions or recent surgeries.
  • Medication List: Including dosages and the names of any medications you are taking.
  • Glasses or Hearing Aids: If you use them, as you will need to undergo tests for vision and hearing.
  • Specialist Clearances: If applicable, especially if you have had serious conditions such as a heart attack or stroke.

FAQs About DOT Physicals

Schedule Your DOT Physical in Chicago Today

Whether you are applying for your first commercial driver’s license or need to renew your certification, come to Cermak Immediate Care for your DOT physical. Schedule an appointment today by booking online or calling our office to ensure you meet all the requirements to safely hit the road.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, Hoffman Estates, and Rolling Meadows are easily accessible. We cater to the needs of our community by offering flexible visiting hours, including walk-in options and the ability to schedule appointments online or by phone. This ensures that you can receive care when it suits you best.


Cermak Immediate Care

5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804


Cermak Immediate Care

2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608


Cermak Immediate Care

134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

Rapid Immediate Care

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169

Rolling Meadows

NewMed Immediate Care

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008