truckdriver-bg2Drivers often face long, hard hours while traveling countless miles. To help ensure the safety of these drivers and others on the roadway, Fast Pace Urgent Care offers DOT (Department of Transportation Commercial Drivers) exams and provides services for any commercial driver that requires a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). All Fast Pace DOT Examiners are certified and up-to-date with the National Registry system and has met the standards of Tennessee state laws and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Visit any of our 56 convenient locations today to complete your DOT Physical Exam.

How can I get a DOT Physical?

    Getting your DOT Physical is simple – just walk into any of our convenient clinics today.

What does a DOT Physical include?

    In the interest of public safety, FMCSA recently expanded the requirements of the DOT Physical to include a more comprehensive examination of each driver (Review New Standards). As of May 21, 2014, each DOT Physical will include the following components:

    • Review of past or recent illnesses or injuries
    • Review of current medications, including controlled substances
    • Review of any medical conditions such as heart disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
    • Physical exam
    • Blood pressure and pulse checks
    • Vision acuity test
    • Hearing test
    • Urine dip screen
    • CSMD report and possibly a urine drug screen, if taking controlled substances
    • If needed, other tests for cardiac or pulmonary and respiratory conditions

What are the basic requirements for passing a DOT Physical under the new standards?

    Under the new standards set forth by the FMCSA, a driver must meet the following basic requirements:

    • At least 20/40 correctable vision in each eye as well as both combined – glasses or contacts are allowed
    • Able to distinguish colors found on traffic signals
    • Forced whisper test to detect adequate hearing
    • Controlled blood pressure under 140/90 – prescription medication may be used to control blood pressure
    • Cannot have diabetes that requires insulin injections
    • Maximum blood sugar level allowed is 200
    • No use of a schedule 1 drug (controlled substance), amphetamine, narcotic or habit forming drug
    • For any exemptions for vision, diabetes, etc., please bring the exemption to your physical exam

What do I need to bring to my DOT Physical?

    In order to complete the DOT Physical exam, drivers MUST bring the following items:

    Every Driver

    • Completed DOT Form
    • Valid Driver License
    • Pocket Certificate
    • Glasses, contacts or anything you routinely use for vision enhancement
    • All prescription medication bottles (including over the counter medications)
    • Complete list of doctors that you visit and their phone numbers

    If You Have Diabetes

    • Complete list of medications and name of prescribing doctor
    • Copies of blood sugar results or hemoglobin A1C results from the past 3 months

    If You Have High Blood Pressure

    • Complete list of medications and name of prescribing doctor

    If You Have Sleep Apnea

    • A copy of your latest sleep apnea compliance report from the past 6 months

    If You Have a Heart Condition

    • Complete list of medications and name of prescribing doctor
    • If you’ve had a heart attack or cardiovascular disease, a copy of your last stress test or release from your cardiologist

How long is my DOT Physical valid?

    A DOT Physical exam is valid for 12 to 24 months based on your health history and physical exam.  The medical examiner may issue a shorter medical examiner’s certificate when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.

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