Department of Transportation Physicals

At Cooper Family Medical Center, we understand the importance of ensuring that employees of the Department of Transportation are physically fit to perform their duties. That’s why we offer comprehensive physical exams for employees of the DoT, providing thorough evaluations to help them maintain their safety while in service. Our qualified medical staff has the expertise necessary to conduct the physical timely and accurately, ensuring that members meet the specific requirements set forth. We strive to make the process as streamlined as possible, so you can get back to your work quickly and with the peace of mind knowing you’ve received a quality physical exam. Trust Cooper Family Medical Center for your Department of Transportation physical needs.


What Do I Expect From A Physical?

According to the DOT physical requirements [3], a driver must have at least 20/40 visual acuity in each eye with or without correction, and a field of vision of at least 70 degrees in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye. In terms of hearing, the driver must be able to perceive a forced whisper at a distance of 5ft or less, with or without a hearing aid, with an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB. The medical examiner will also check the driver’s blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats. A urinalysis is required to detect underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. The physical examination will cover various categories [1][3], including eyes, ears, mouth and throat, heart, lungs and chest, abdomen and viscera, vascular system, genito-urinary system, extremities, spine and musculoskeletal system, and neurological system. A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA [1][3]. It is up to the examiner to determine if a candidate meets all the requirements, and to mark the report to the best of their knowledge.

[1] Examining FMCSA Vision Standard for CMV Drivers and …
[2] DMV DRIVING LAWS Eye Test and Requirements for Driving
[3] DOT Physicals: Vision Requirements for the Eye Exam