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Federal law requires drivers of commercial motor vehicles (DMVs) to receive regular physical examinations by qualified medical examiners. These exams are defined as the “Department of Transportation Medical Examinations.” These DOT physicals are Federally controlled and highly regulated for the drivers’ safety. They are designed detect physical, mental, and emotional issues that can affect a driver’s ability to safely drive. DOT medical examiners are specially trained and qualified to understand the regulations and prevent drivers from being inappropriately disqualified.

All medical examiners performing Department of Transportation physicals (DOT) must be trained and certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Here, at Doctors Urgent Care, our medical examiners stay current on all DOT regulations and testing protocols. 

How to Prepare for the DOT Physical?

Before arriving, please make sure you have all of the necessary information. 

  • A valid driver's license
  • Authorization Form (if you are being sent by your employer)
  • List of current medications
  • List of past surgeries and medical conditions
  • List of any allergies
  • Please note that insurance does not cover the physical

Additionally, if the driver has any pre-existing conditions that require additional paperwork, they should bring the necessary documentation. Examples of additional documentation include a copy of a stress test or echocardiogram (EKG) for those with a Coronary Disease or completed medical exemptions for vision, sleep, hearing or seizure disorders. 

Are there special forms?

These forms include:

Revised Medical Examination Report (MER) form MCSA-5875
Revised Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) form MCSA-5876

Is Doctors Urgent Care using the new forms?
Yes. As of April 20, 2016, Doctors Urgent Care medical examiners will only use the new forms. Doing this keeps us in compliance with the FMCSA. Using the new forms is required of all medical examiners in the United States. No other forms are permitted.

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