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DOT Physical

Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Asheboro, NC

DOT Physical services offered in Asheboro, NC

A requirement for a commercial driver’s license is a comprehensive physical by a practitioner approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). At Triad Internal Medicine in Asheboro, North Carolina, Chelsea Poe, FNP, and Kirstie Ferrell, FNP, offer DOT physicals and complete all the necessary paperwork. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today for your DOT physical. 

DOT Physical Q&A

Why would I need a DOT physical?

All drivers of commercial vehicles must pass a physical to prove they’re in good enough health to safely operate the transport. The Department of Transportation (DOT) keeps track of these physicals provided by approved providers. 

You need a commercial driver’s license if your vehicle:

  • Weighs more than 26,001 pounds
  • Transports more than 16 people
  • Transports hazardous materials

The DOT physical is valid for up to 24 months and checks your overall health, eyesight, hearing, and physical fitness for vehicle operation. 

How should I prepare for a DOT physical?

Make sure you have all the appropriate paperwork before you come in for your DOT physical, including:

  • Your current driver’s license
  • Any information about past or present medical conditions 
  • A list of your current medications 
  • Recent lab results if you have diabetes
  • Hearing aids, eyeglasses, or contact lenses, if you wear them
  • Form of payment

These items are required for your visit to run smoothly. 

What happens during a DOT physical?

The DOT physical involves a simple review of your medical history, current symptoms, and other relevant health information. 

Your provider collects basic vitals like blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, height, and weight. Depending on your health history, you may also need a blood or urine test.

You also undergo a physical exam that includes an evaluation of your eyes, ears, throat, nose, breathing, abdomen, heart, reflexes, limbs, spine, and overall appearance to rule out any medical issues. They also check your vision and hearing. 

What happens after my in-person DOT physical?

If you pass your DOT physical, your provider at Triad Internal Medicine signs off on any necessary paperwork. You submit this paperwork to your employer or the agency processing your commercial license. 

If your provider finds anything that causes you not to pass the DOT physical, they help you take steps to pass the next time. You might need a new corrective lens prescription, new hearing aids, or a referral to a specialist to take care of a particular health problem. 

Call Triad Internal Medicine or schedule your DOT physical online today. You can also walk in for convenient care.

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