DOT Physical

DOT Physical

DOT Physical services offered in Myrtle Beach, Piedmont and Spartanburg, SC

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) requires anyone who operates a vehicle as a part of their job role to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Essential to getting that license is passing the DOT physical. United Physician Group offers DOT physicals at their offices in Douglasville, Conyers, and Hampton, Georgia, and Piedmont, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Call your nearest United Physician Group office today to book your DOT physical, or use the online form to schedule a consultation.

DOT Physical Q & A

What is a DOT physical?

You must undergo a DOT physical exam to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

A DOT physical ensures that anyone who drives as part of their job is healthy enough to safely do so. Your United Physician Group doctor has to confirm there’s no medical reason why you shouldn’t drive following a series of health checks.

Only licensed examiners listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry (which includes those at United Physician Group) can perform DOT physicals.

What does a DOT physical cover?

Your DOT physical exam focuses on health and fitness problems that might limit your ability to drive safely. Your United Physician Group doctor checks your body for specific conditions that could affect your driving, including:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Brain and nervous system disorders
  • Perforated eardrums
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Heart disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Shortness of breath
  • Liver enlargement
  • Muscle wastage
  • Hernias
  • Sight loss from glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration

If you wear corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses or use a hearing aid, you’ll still pass the sight and hearing tests providing you can see and hear to the expected standard.

To complete your DOT physical, your doctor takes blood and urine samples. They use their on-site lab to test for conditions like diabetes and the presence of drugs or alcohol in your system.

What should I bring to my DOT physical?

Before showing up for your DOT physical, you must complete a health history questionnaire. Bring this to your appointment with a list of medications (if you take any). Make sure the list details your dosage, how often you take your medication, who prescribed it, and why you take it.

If you have a heart condition, bring a confirmation letter from your cardiologist (heart specialist) providing details of your disorder. Your cardiologist must certify in the letter that you’re safe to drive.

If you have diabetes, bring your blood sugar log and a copy of your latest test results to your DOT physical. The results should list your hemoglobin A1C (HgA1C) levels (an average of your blood sugar levels over the previous few months).

Remember to bring any eyeglasses, contact lenses, and hearing aids if you need them.

What happens after a DOT physical?

After completing your DOT physical, your United Physician Group doctor reviews the exam results and compares them to current FMCSA standards.

If you pass your DOT physical exam, you’ll receive a medical examiner’s certificate that’s valid for two years. When your license expires, you must undergo another DOT physical if you still drive at work.

Call United Physician Group today or schedule your DOT physical online.