Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Exams
We offer medical exam for CDL for drivers seeking to obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL) or for those wishing to renew their cdl medical card. You may schedule appointments by calling our office.
We offer a comprehensive DOT physical exam that includes a detailed health history, blood pressure check, vision testing, hearing testing, thorough review of systems, and urine analysis for blood, sugar, protein, and specific gravity.
Prior to your appointment, the following is advised:
The candidate should bring a valid driver’s license and old medical examiner’s card (if applicable)
Drink plenty of water an hour before your appointment
What the DOT Physical Covers
As a drivers your are required to have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction. You must also have at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye.
Drivers must be able to perceive what is known as a “forced whisper” at a distance of 5ft or less, with or without a hearing aid. This standard equates to an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.
3. Blood pressure/pulse rate
The medical examiner will check the driver’s blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.
A urinalysis is required. The test looks for indications of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.
5. Physical Examination
The physical exam will cover a dozen different categories:
- General appearance
- Eyes (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.)
- Ears (scarring of tympanic membrane, perforated ear drums, etc.)
- Mouth and throat (to look for problems breathing or swallowing)
- Heart (murmurs, extra sounds, pacemaker, etc.)
- Lungs and chest, not including breast examination (abnormal breathing, impaired respiratory functions, cyanosis, etc.)
- Abdomen and Viscera (enlarged liver, viscera, muscle weakness)
- Vascular (abnormal pulse, carotid, varicose veins)
- Genito-urinary (hernias)
- Extremities (limb impaired)
- Spine, other musculoskeletal (previous surgery, limitation of motion, tenderness, etc.)
- Neurological (impaired equilibrium, coordination or speech pattern, ataxia, asymmetric deep tendon reflexes)
A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA. It is up to the Medical Examiner to determine if a candidate meets all the requirements, and to mark the report to the best of their knowledge.
As a leading whole body care specialist East Cost Injury maintains a current, comprehensive knowledge of DOT regulations. We require all our doctor to be FMCSA-certified so our centers will always have someone to complete DOT physicals.
Here is a link to the DOT physical requirement if you are in Jacksonville Florida.
DOT Drug Screen Requirement
In addition to the DOT physical, you will take a DOT drug screen upon arrival.
The drug screen can detect small traces of illegal drug use including:
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
East Coast Injury Clinic
9889 Gate Parkway N, Suite 305
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Phone: (904) 513-3954
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