DOT Physical Exams Questions and Answers
Doc-Aid Urgent Care provides affordable, convenient and comprehensive DOT physicals for individuals and employers in Laredo, TX and the surrounding areas. We are located at 2438 Monarch Drive Suite A-375 Laredo, TX 78045. We are open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 8pm. For more information, please call us, book an appointment online, or simply walk in!
We serve patients throughout Laredo and the surrounding area including Ranchos Penitas West, Islitas, Botines, Nye, and Webb. When you’re on the road and get sick, Telehealth Appointments are available 24/7 for your convenience. Our medical providers are able to send lab requests to any Quest or LabCorp location in Texas. We also provide referrals to specialists when needed. Not all appointments qualify for Telehealth visits. For more information, please call us.
Why do I need a DOT Physical?
A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a health examination mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The physical examination verifies that you are healthy and able to safely perform the tasks required of a CMV driver.
If you need a DOT Physical exam, DOC-AID Urgent Care will help steer you through the medical guidelines. Our experienced medical providers will help you hit the road as soon as possible.
You may need a DOT physical if you operate a motor vehicle that holds more than 15 passengers or receive immediate payment for transporting over 9 passengers (including driver), operate the vehicle for interstate commerce, operate a vehicle with a gross weight of 10,001 lbs, or more, or transport hazardous materials in certain quantities.
What can I expect during my DOT Physical?
Your physical examiner will discuss your medical history including current medications and past surgeries. It is very important to be honest when providing your health history. A complete head to toe examination will be performed including checking your vital signs such as pulse, blood pressure, height and weight. We also perform a vision and hearing test and perform a urinalysis.
We also offer DOT Split Drug Screen (lab send out) and Breath Alcohol Testing if required by your employer.
What to Bring to a DOT Physical Exam
- Bring a complete list of ALL your medications, include doses and your doctor’s names and addresses.
- To save time, fill out the Driver Information portion of the Medical Examination Form before your appointment. The form can be located and downloaded HERE.
- If you require eyeglasses, contact lenses, or hearing aids bring them. You will be required to pass a vision and hearing test.
- If you have sleep apnea, bring your recording for the past 3 months.
- If you have Diabetes we need a hemoglobin A1C test done within the past 3 months.
If you are uncertain that you will qualify for a DOT Card, you can set an appt with us to check your BP and order labs to make sure you will qualify for a medical card. The above are guidelines only, and are not meant to be an all inclusive list or guarantee to passing the exam. Depending on your medical history and results of your exam additional information (or testing) may be required by your DOT examiner. If you meet the medical standards, you will be issued a valid certificate. Your provider will determine if you can be certified for a full two-year period or, depending on your health needs if a shorter time period is necessary.
Telehealth Options Available
In addition to in-person physicals, we also provide Telehealth Appointments while you are away from home. If you get sick while on the road, our skilled medical providers can assess and diagnose your illness, and if needed, prescribe medication to a pharmacy near you. If you are out of town and need lab work we can send the order electronically to Quest or Labcorp. Our Telehealth Appointments are available 24/7 for your convenience.
DOC-AID Urgent Care gets you back on the road quickly and efficiently, we work with companies like yours to efficiently process your certification so you can maintain your CDL. Call us to schedule an appointment. Our walk-in clinic is located at 2438 Monarch Drive Suite A-375 in Laredo, TX 78045.
FAQs about medical requirements can be found here.