DOT Physical Requirements
What you need to know before your exam
A MESSAGE ON MEDICAL CENTER CONDUCT
Concentra® and our certified medical examiners (CMEs) take the responsibility of certifying drivers seriously, and we understand that Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals can be stressful. We are committed to maintaining the rights and safety of our staff and the patients we serve. We follow a zero-tolerance policy against aggressive behavior, which includes but is not limited to verbal threats, physical assaults, or damage to property. Violators of our code of conduct will be asked to leave the facility and may be prohibited from returning in the future. In the case of aggressive behavior, we will notify your employer and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Security Officer providing your name, state, license number, date you were disqualified, and details regarding threatening statements or actions made.
UNDERSTANDING DOT PHYSICALs
A DOT physical is a health examination mandated by the FMCSA for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. A DOT physical helps determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a CMV.
If you are a commercial driver, you are a “safety-sensitive” employee. And for your safety and the public’s safety, FMCSA requires you to complete and pass a DOT physical to maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL).
WHO PERFORMS A DOT PHYSICAL?
The FMCSA only allows certified medical examiners to perform DOT physicals. Every Concentra medical center has at least one CME on staff – our CMEs undergo extensive training and are certified by the FMCSA to perform DOT physicals.
DO I NEED A DOT PHYSICAL?
You are required to complete and pass a DOT physical if you:
- Operate a motor vehicle for interstate commerce with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds
- Operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people
- Are paid to operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than eight people
- Transport hazardous materials that required your vehicle to be placarded
Getting your DOT Physical Has Never Been Easier
You must pass all DOT physical requirements to be cleared for your DOT health card. Here’s how the process works:
Step 1: schedule ExamContact your nearby Concentra to schedule your DOT physical. We also accept walk-ins.
step 2: get your physicalThe DOT examination will include a health history review, a thorough physical exam captured in an online version of the Medical Examination Report, and a urine test for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination.
Step 3: Medical Exam ReportUpon exam completion, your results will be reported electronically to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). Certified drivers will receive a copy of the Medical Examiner's Certificate.