Comprehensive Primary Care offers Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Examinations at our Washington, DC and Rockville, MD office. Eileen Sytnyk, FNP-BC and Janice Hodge, CRNP are Certified Medical Examiners. DOT medical examiners are specially trained to understand the regulations and prevent drivers from being inappropriately disqualified.
What are DOT physicals?
Driving a commercial motor vehicle means long, hard hours on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has updated the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations to better reflect the physical demands drivers face and to help them be safer on the job. Federal law requires that drivers of commercial motor vehicles (DMVs) receive regular physical examinations, which are defined as the “Department of Transportation Medical Examinations,” also known as DOT physicals. The DOT physicals detect physical, mental, and emotional issues that can affect a driver’s ability to safely drive a commercial vehicle.
The physical exam will include:
- Past or recent illnesses and injuries (including head and brain injuries)
- Vision acuity
- Hearing disorders
- Heart disorders
- High blood pressure
- Muscular weakness or disease
- Respiratory problems
- Lung, kidney, liver, and nervous system health
Unfortunately, health insurances do not cover the DOT physicals. CPC charges an $100 fee, to be paid on the day of service. Also, at the time of your appointment please bring the needed form(s), driver’s license, previous certificate (if recent) and payment at time of visit.