DOT Physical Testing
Part of the Department of Transportation’s promise to all Americans is to keep them safe while they’re on the roads – and a big part of that is regulating and monitoring the drivers operating large commercial vehicles. CDL-licensed drivers need to pass drug and alcohol screens in order to work, but that’s not all. They must also pass a medical examination and be issued a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. The certificate must be carried with the driver at all times. It will need to be renewed every 2 years (unless otherwise specified). If you need a DOT physical, please contact us. As a lab testing partner for many DOT agencies, we can help line up everything you need.
What Is Included In The DOT Physical?
A DOT physical examination follows strict regulations mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, ensuring that safety-sensitive employees can perform their tasks without impacting anyone’s safety negatively.
What do employees need to bring to a DOT Physical?
- Commercial drivers need to bring the complete list of their medications along with their physicians’ names and addresses. It’s recommended to fill in the health history questionnaire before the examination.
- In some cases, drivers with certain conditions are still able to perform their safety-sensitive jobs. In such circumstances, drivers with vision/hearing problems must bring their glasses/hearing aids as well along with the medical history; drivers with diabetes must have recent lab results from their HgAIC and their blood sugar logs; drivers with heart-related conditions should have a letter from their cardiologist confirming they are safe to work.
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The DOT Physical Covers What?
- Vision – drivers must have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with/without correction, and 70” peripheral in the horizontal median in each eye;
- Hearing – drivers must perceive “forced whispers” at a distance of a maximum of 5ft with or without a hearing aid.
- Blood pressure/pulse rate – the medical specialist will check the patient’s blood pressure and pulse for irregularities;
- Urinalysis – this test is required for underlying medical conditions such as diabetes;
- Physical examination: general appearance, ears, eyes, mouth and throat, heart, lungs and chest, abdomen and viscera, vascular, genito-urinary, extremities, spine, neurological. The physical examination aims to detect any symptoms of diseases and conditions such as glaucoma, hernias, muscle weakness, limb impairment, and so on.
A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA. There are several forms requested during DOT physicals that must be completed in advance in order to be time-efficient. All of them can be downloaded online.
Be prepared for your drug test!
- Bring your Government Issued Picture ID
- Bring Drug Test Paperwork or Authorization
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your test on site
- Make sure you are hydrated if you are performing a Urine Test
- Expect to have your nail polish removed if getting a Nail Drug Test
- We do not need your prescription information but a Medical Review Officer (MRO) may contact you after collection to verify your medications.
- For urine testing, plan on arriving 3 hours before we close (1 hr minimum) to provide a cushion of time for a shy bladder situation.
- For hair testing, be sure to dry your hair completely before arriving.
- For nail testing, be sure to clean your nails with soap and water before arriving. Also, artificial nails and polish must be removed.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.