Starting a new career is exciting, and for those in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, who are planning to drive a commercial vehicle, getting a Department of Transportation physical is a major step in that process. Whether you’re new to commercial driving or just need to renew your physical, the team at Forbes Chiropractic have experience providing DOT physicals and can help you get on the road. Scheduling an appointment is fast and easy!
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DOT Physical Q & A
What is the purpose of a DOT physical?
The Department of Transportation requires all persons who wish to operate a commercial motor vehicle to go through a thorough medical screening as part of the licensing process.
Commercial trucking is essential for providing today's essential goods and services, and it’s a public safety concern. That’s why the DOT requires all commercial drivers to undergo regular physicals to ensure they can safely perform the demands of their job.
What should I expect during a DOT physical?
The process involved with a DOT physical is very similar to what happens during a routine physical exam. It’s important to bring in a full list of any medications prescribed to you, as well as information about your health history.
The process includes a physical exam, which covers 12 different categories. Your doctor checks your lung function, spine, heart function, and circulation, among other things.
Vision and hearing tests are important parts of the process. If you use any assistive devices, such as glasses or hearing aids, be sure to bring them with you.
Will medications disqualify a driver?
Part of the DOT physical includes a complete review of all prescription medications. Certain prescription drugs can disqualify a driver from receiving a CMV license.
To determine if your medications might present a problem with licensing, it’s important to discuss your prescriptions and underlying health concerns with the doctor. Very often, adjustments to your medications can provide the treatment you need while also complying with the standards set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Before you schedule your appointment, please note: Knowingly providing false or misleading information during the DOT physical exam process can result in invalidation of your certificate. Lying about your health can also lead to civil penalties associated with making false statements or concealing a disqualifying condition.