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DOT Physical Examinations

Keep yourself in the driver’s seat with our fast, FHCSA certified-DOT physical examinations.

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Do you need a DOT physical exam?

In an effort to protect the general public from commercial transport drivers who may experience health issues or medical emergencies on the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial drivers to test for and meet a set of minimal health standards every two years.

Commonly referred to as a ‘DOT physical’, these tests require commercial transport drivers to periodically report to a FMCSA-certified medical examiner for a somewhat routine medical checkup. The medical examiner will test eyesight, hearing and blood pressure, and conduct a standardized physical evaluation designed to ensure each driver meets the physical and mental requirements of safely operating large, heavy and potentially dangerous vehicles on public roadways.

You must pass a DOT physical before operating any of the following:

If a driver passes their DOT medical test, the medical examiner may grant the driver a medical certificate that lasts up to 24 months.

If a driver fails to pass the DOT test or exhibits a medical condition that requires more frequent review, the medical examiner may either deny a medical certificate, or grant a limited medical certificate that requires the driver to return for more testing within a specified time frame.

What do you need to bring with you?

If applicable, please bring the following to your exam:

A current, valid form of picture identification

Glasses and / or contacts

Hearing devices

Medical records

A list of your current prescriptions

At least one hour of free time

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Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

Before we start your DOT physical, WORKCare Tacoma needs to know if you have a history with any of the medical conditions listed below. Failure to be forthcoming about your medical history can result in denial of your certificate, fines, and even more severe penalties in the event of an accident.

Although drivers may file for exemptions, the FMCSA may disqualify applicants with a history of the following untreated medical conditions:

Missing or impaired limbs

Heart conditions

Respiratory dysfunction

Epilepsy and seizures

Vision loss

Hearing loss

Inner ear diseases



High blood pressure or high cholesterol

Sleep disorders

Mental or psychiatric disorders

What can I expect during the exam?

Your DOT physical exam will likely feel just like any other physical examination you’ve received from your regular doctor.

After taking your height, weight, and blood pressure measurements, your certified Medical Examiner at WORKCare Clinic will ask you several questions about your health and your health history, and ensure you qualify for certain benchmarks required by the FMCSA.

The key benchmarks of your exam are no secret: You can access the actual exam paperwork online through the FMCSA’s website.

You can find a preview here:


You must have at least 20/40 vision in each eye with or without corrective lenses.

You must have at least 70 degrees in horizontal peripheral vision in each eye.

You must be able to identify the standard red, green and amber colors of traffic signals and traffic devices.

Your Medical Examiner will administer a whisper test, in which you must hear a forced whisper voice in your closest ear from a distance of at least 5 feet, with or without a hearing aid.

Or, measured with an audiometric device, you can not have an average hearing loss in your better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500Hz, 1000HZ and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid.


general physical examination

We'll take a look at the following areas:




Mouth/ Throat


Lungs/ Chest


Genito-urinary sytem

Back / Spine

Extremeties / Joints


Neurological system


Vascular system

You will need to provide a urine sample during your DOT physical exam.

Your Medical Examiner will look for abnormalities that might indicate kidney disease or other underlying medical conditions.

The urine sample you provide for the DOT physical exam will be used during the DOT physical exam only. You will need to provide a separate urine sample for your DOT drug test at a different time.


What's next?

That’s it, you’re done!

Your WORKCare Medical Examiner will complete your paperwork and make an assessment on the proper duration of your medical certificate.

A medical certificate is good for up to 24 months, but if you exhibit underlying medical conditions that might require periodic monitoring, your Medical Examiner may only qualify you for a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month certificate.