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How to Prepare Successfully for Your DOT Exam

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How to Prepare Successfully for Your DOT Exam

Commercial drivers have a lot of responsibility, so it’s no surprise that commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) must meet specific requirements. Getting a current Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is one of those requirements. 

At Kerinver Chiropractic, Josue Maysonet, DC, and his team offer DOT physicals to help women and men in Kissimmee and Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida, get their CDLs so they can stay active in their careers. If you need a DOT physical, here’s what to expect during your exam and how to prepare.

DOT physical exam basics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets rules and standards for CDL driver’s licenses and DOT physicals, requiring physicals for anyone who wants to drive a commercial vehicle. CDLs are required for commercial drivers in all states, including Florida

DOT physicals include a medical history and a comprehensive physical exam to gather basic information about your health and assess your fitness for the duties of the job. Exams entail blood pressure measurements, an eye exam, a hearing test, urine testing, and other tests, like blood testing or an EKG, based on your specific needs. 

Once you pass your exam, you receive a certificate valid for two years, at which time you need another DOT physical exam. If you have a chronic medical issue, like high blood pressure or diabetes, you may need testing more frequently. 

Preparing for your DOT exam

To reiterate, you must pass your DOT exam to get (or maintain) a CDL. That means there’s a lot riding on your exam, so taking some time to prepare is critical.

First, part of the CDL approval process involves submitting a medical form filled out by our team after your exam. Before your exam day, get a copy of the form (you can find it here) and complete your personal information. Leave the medical part for us to fill in after your exam.

You should also bring:

  • A list of all medications you’re taking, including doses
  • Medical records from your family doctor
  • Results of any recent blood tests or lab work
  • Eyeglasses (or contact lenses) and hearing aids you regularly use
  • Insurance card
  • Driver’s license

If you’re currently getting treated for any medical issues, like diabetes or high blood pressure, be prepared to discuss the details of your treatment. If you have any specific medical or health concerns, be ready to also talk about those issues.

One more note: even if you don’t pass your exam initially due to a medical issue that’s uncovered during your visit, don’t worry. You can still pass your exam once a treatment plan gets implemented. 

Schedule your DOT exam

DOT exams are straightforward, but because they involve deadlines, you should schedule them at least a month before your current CDL certificate expires. To schedule your DOT physical, request an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Kerinver Chiropractic today.