What to Expect During Your DOT Exam

A qualified medical examiner will perform your examination as required by law. Your medical history will be reviewed, and you will be asked to list any drugs you currently take. Your examiner will also perform the following tests:

  • Blood pressure test
  • Vision test
  • Eye, throat, mouth, and ear examination
  • Aural heart and lung examination
  • Check for deformities of the spine
  • Neurological examination
  • Check for abdominal abnormalities
  • Hernia check

After these physical examinations are complete, your care provider will discuss any hazards that may be created by your personal health history and any current medical conditions you may have. Any present hazards will be documented and used to determine whether or not you meet the standards required to receive an MEC.

If your care provider determines that you do meet the qualifications, you will be given an MEC and will not have to take another DOT exam for two years. After two years, you will be required to take the exam again in order to keep your CDL. Some medical examiners will give an examination that is good for three months, six months, or one year. Your healthcare provider will also make a note of whether or not you wear glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision. Those who do not meet the standards cannot be given a medical certificate for their CDL licensing requirements.

Alamo City Health & Saftey now offers DOT approved Medical Examination and certification in a private and comfortable setting. If you require a DOT exam to obtain or renew your CDL, representatives are standing by to schedule an appointment.