DOT Physicals for Commercial Driver License (CDL)

At True Care MD, we are committed to providing services that will positively impact our community. Therefore, we have medical providers that are certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to perform physical examinations (also known as DOT Physicals) and make sure that the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers in our community are healthy enough to safely perform their demanding job and keep our roads safe.
It is mandated by Federal Guidelines that all commercial drivers pass the DOT Physical Exam. Although this exam has strict procedures and it may seem overwhelming at times, we provide excellent service to make your experience obtaining this exam an easy one. We offer appointments at all our locations during our regular business hours, including Saturdays.

We recommend that you come prepared and understand the whole process. Don’t forget to bring:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • Complete list of medications, including doses
  • Doctor’s names and addresses
  • Completed Section 1 of the Medical Examination Report Form, to help you save time at the clinic
  • Drivers with vision or hearing problems need to bring their eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aid

When you check in with our front desk staff they will provide the Medical Examination Report Form for you to complete if you do not have one. One of our medical assistants will greet you and start the examination. She will perform:

  • A Vision test: it will include an acuity check, with and without correction if applicable; a color test, to ensure you can identify traffic signals; and a peripheral vision test.
  • A Hearing test: a “forced whisper” test will be performed to make sure you are able to perceive it at 5ft or less, with or without a hearing aid. An audiometric test is also available for certain patients that cannot complete the whisper test.
  • Vital Signs Evaluation: this will include your height, weight, Blood Pressure and Heart rate.
  • A Urinalysis: this will check for protein, blood and sugar in the urine, which may be signs of other medical problems that can affect driving.

The medical assistant will note the results of your tests for our certified medical examiner to review, as well as all your medical information. The medical examiner will then perform a complete physical examination that consists of 12 elements:

  1. General appearance
  2. Eyes (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.)
  3. Ears (scarring of tympanic membrane, perforated ear drums, etc.)
  4. Mouth and throat (to look for problems breathing or swallowing)
  5. Heart (murmurs, extra sounds, pacemaker, etc.)
  6. Lungs and chest, not including breast examination (abnormal breathing, impaired respiratory functions, cyanosis, etc.)
  7. Abdomen and Viscera (enlarged liver, viscera, muscle weakness)
  8. Vascular (abnormal pulse, carotid, varicose veins)
  9. Genito-urinary (hernias)
  10. Extremities (limb impaired)
  11. Spine, other musculoskeletal (previous surgery, limitation of motion, tenderness, etc.)
  12. Neurological (impaired equilibrium, coordination or speech pattern, ataxia, asymmetric deep tendon reflexes)

After completing the exam, the medical examiner will determine if you meet all the FMCSA requirements for certification and will issue the certificate valid for the time recommended by FMCSA guidelines. The medical examiner will discuss any significant findings with you, give you recommendations as needed and answer any questions you may have regarding the process.
Schedule your appointment today. You can use our MAKE AN APPOINTMENT link or contact us at 623-777-4567.