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DOT Physicals

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is necessary if you wish to obtain a license to drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). When you pass the physical exam and get your CMV license, you are required to keep your DOT medical certificate with you whenever you are driving in a professional capacity.

You can get a DOT Physical in the Silver Spring area at Fast Track Urgent Care. Call 800-417-1164 to get more information.

What Happens During a DOT Physical?

You will be required to fill out a form outlining your medical history before the physical exam begins. You will need your social security number and drivers’ license number to complete the form.

The form requires you to disclose any history you have with:

  • Brain injuries or neurological disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Heart attack or heart disease
  • Impaired vision
  • Kidney disease
  • Loss of hearing
  • Missing limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke

DOT Physical Requirements

DOT Physical Vision Requirements

  • At least 20/40 vision in each eye with or without correction (eyeglasses or contacts)
  • At least 70 degrees of peripheral vision on the horizontal meridian in each eye
  • Ability to recognize and distinguish typical traffic signal colors

DOT Physical Hearing Requirements

  • Must comprehend a whispered voice at five feet or more with or without hearing aid
  • If that is not possible, you must pass a formal hearing test with an audiometer

DOT Physical Blood Pressure Requirements

  • Less than or equal to 140/90
  • If your blood pressure is more than 140/90 but less than 180/110, you may qualify for a shorter interval Medical Examination Certificate

Possible DOT Physical Disqualifications

  • Failing to meet the minimum vision and hearing requirements listed above
  • Diabetes that requires insulin treatment, unless you have an exemption issued by the Federal Motor Carriage Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Loss or diminished use of an arm or other limb that impedes your ability to perform commercial driving or tasks related to driving, unless accompanied by a Skills Performance Certificate (SPE)
  • The use of some medications
  • History of epilepsy
  • Clinically-diagnosed alcoholism

The Fast Track clinician who administers your physical will be able to answer any questions you have during the procedure.

For complete details on the DOT physical, visit the FMCSA website.

DOT Physicals in the Silver Spring Area

Getting your DOT physical at Fast Track Urgent Care affords you the following conveniences:

  • Convenient hours. Both of our clinic locations are open until 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and are open on Saturday and Sunday.
  • No need to make an appointment. You may visit our walk-in clinics any time during our convenient hours.
  • Professional, experienced staff. Our board-certified doctors and clinicians provide the same level of care you would get at your own doctor’s office.
  • Short waits. Typically, the wait at Fast Track Urgent Care is far shorter than the wait at the emergency room.

Call Fast Track at 800-417-1164 to schedule your DOT physical in Silver Spring.