What are DOT physicals?

Federal law requires drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to receive regular physical examinations. The official name for these exams is “Department of Transportation Medical Examinations,” but it’s often shortened to “DOT physicals.” DOT physicals are designed to detect physical, mental, and emotional issues that can impact a CMV driver’s ability to safely spend long hours on the road. They’re also regulated by law to protect driver safety.

Because they are so heavily regulated, DOT exams can only be given by certified medical examiners, or CMEs. These examiners are specially trained to understand the FMCSA regulations and prevent drivers from being inappropriately disqualified. Regulations change regularly, and it’s important to stay updated.

DOT physicals are essential for your business

You can’t legally do business as a CMV driver unless you’re cleared for the road. Because of this, DOT physicals are a must-have if you’re a commercial driver or employ commercial drivers. They help ensure your drivers will be safe on the road, and keep you in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Work with a national expert

DOT exams aren’t optional, but you can choose who provides them. Why not work with a national occupational health provider with the expertise to ensure your drivers stay safe and productive? Concentra performs more than 800,000 DOT exams every year, making us the largest provider of DOT exams in the United States.

  • Easy for drivers to find a CME all 300+ Concentra centers (in 40 states!) provide DOT physicals
  • Many centers have huge parking lots designed with CMVs in mind
  • Expertise in FMCSA regulations keeps drivers from being wrongly disqualified

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