If you have recently applied for your CDL, you will be asked to undergo a DOT physical to ensure that you are physically fit to drive commercial vehicles. While going to the doctor for any physical can be stressful, it is often worse when you know that your ability to retain your CDL is on the line with this visit. For those doing it for the first time, the unknown can make that anxiety worse. Understanding what you can expect of the process may help you to relax a bit as you approach your appointment.
Your Medical History Is Thoroughly Examined
Especially if you go to a medical provider who isn't your primary care, you'll have to spend quite a bit of time going through your medical history. Any conditions you may have been diagnosed with will be discussed, as well as any treatments that you've undergone for those conditions. This is an important part of the process, because those with certain conditions, such as diabetes, must meet very specific criteria to pass the DOT physical.
The Doctor Will Do A Physical Examination
When you go into the office, the doctor will evaluate your general physical condition. He or she will be looking for signs of obesity, alcoholism, high blood pressure, and other conditions. Some of these conditions to present with outward signs, including redness of the face. He or she will also check for any signs of a hernia.
You Will Have To Give A Urine Sample
If possible, try not to use the restroom before your appointment. The doctor will need a urine sample as part of the DOT report. While you might think this is for a drug or alcohol test, it's actually a test for medical conditions, like diabetes. However, if you've already signed a contract with a driving company, they may request that you have your urine drug tested at the same time.
Your Hearing Will Be Tested
As a commercial driver, it is important that your hearing is monitored on a regular basis. You'll have to pass a hearing screen to be eligible to get your CDL. The hearing screen is actually pretty simple. It just involves standing a few feet from the physician as he or she whispers a series of letters and numbers at you. You'll have to be able to repeat them accurately. If you can't, you might be referred for an audiology test to ensure that your hearing is acceptable.