Preparing for Your DOT Exam

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What is a DOT Physical? 

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a physical exam that is required of people who drive commercial vehicles. The point of a DOT physical is to make sure that people who are driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), such as large trucks and buses, are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires this testing for the safety of the public.

Where can I get a DOT Physical?

  • Same-day DOT Physicals are offered through St. James Urgent Care in Lutcher. If you have questions about a DOT Physical, please call 225.258.2040.
  • DOT Physicals are offered on a walk-in basis 7 days a week (Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm and on weekends 9am – 5pm).
  • St. James Urgent Care is located in the medical plaza next to St. James Parish Hospital.

What do I need to bring to a DOT Physical?

  • Please bring proper documentation, including your driver’s license and medical records. Medical records are necessary so that our provider can review any current medical conditions that may affect your driving.
  • You will be asked to complete a medical history questionnaire. Please have a list of any medications you are currently taking.
  • We will complete an eye exam. If you need glasses to drive, please bring your glasses to your exam.
  • We will be collecting a urine sample for health screening purposes. However, this is not a drug screen.

What are the guidelines for a DOT Physical?

The US Department of Transportation has set the following guidelines:

  • CDL holders (Drivers) must have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye. Glasses or contact lenses are permitted.
  • Drivers cannot be a diabetic on needle-injected insulin; diabetes controlled through a diet or oral medication is permitted. Must have A1C record.
  • A driver’s blood pressure must be under 160/100. Prescription medication to control blood pressure is permitted.
  • Use of a Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic or any other habit-forming drug is not permitted.
  • If a driver has a current diagnosis of cardiac insufficiency, collapse, congestive cardiac failure or any other cardiovascular disease, he/she will be required to provide the Medical Examiner with a stress test (performed within the last 12 months) along with a release from the driver’s physician stating that he/she can drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions.
  • The Department of Transportation also requires clearance for drivers that have been diagnosed with the following conditions: sleep apnea, recent back injury, recent major surgery, a current hernia, or have had recent workers’ compensation claims.

If you are denied a certification for any reason and plan to return in the future for another exam, payment will be due for each new visit.

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