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.
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:
The DOT physical is valid for up to 24 months and checks your overall health, eyesight, hearing, and physical fitness for vehicle operation.
Make sure you have all the appropriate paperwork before you come in for your DOT physical, including:
These items are required for your visit to run smoothly.
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.
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.