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DOT Physical Specialist

Clinica San Miguel

Family Medicine located in San Antonio, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Houston, Arlington, Fresno, & Pasadena, TX

If you operate a commercial vehicle, passing a required Department of Transportation (DOT) physical lets your employer know that you’re physically and mentally fit enough to perform your responsibilities. At Clinica San Miguel, which has 12 locations throughout Texas, including three in Dallas, five in Houston, and one each in Farmers Branch, Fresno, Arlington, San Antonio, and Pasadena, the family medicine specialists perform DOT physicals for their patients. Call Clinica San Miguel or schedule an appointment online today.

DOT Physical Q & A

What is a DOT physical?

A DOT physical is a comprehensive exam that evaluates your physical and mental fitness before operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Individuals who operate CMVs are responsible for their safety and public safety.

What happens during a DOT physical?

Much like a routine physical exam, a DOT physical assesses your vitals, medical history, and appearance to evaluate your overall health. The DOT physical includes:

  • Complete physical exam
  • Vision test
  • Hearing test
  • Bloodwork
  • Urinalysis
  • Up-to-date vaccinations
  • Reflex, balance, and speech assessment

The team at Clinica San Miguel may order additional testing, such as a lung function test or more bloodwork, to investigate symptoms that might impact your DOT physical results.

What can cause a failed DOT physical?

Failing a DOT physical doesn’t always stop you from obtaining your clearance certification. However, you may need to return to Clinica San Miguel for additional testing to diagnose or monitor conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Mental health concerns
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Respiratory issues
  • Vision or hearing problems

Other factors, such as drug or alcohol abuse, can also result in a failed DOT physical.

Who needs a DOT physical?

Operating a commercial vehicle requires an up-to-date DOT certification. You may need a DOT physical if you operate a vehicle:

  • Weighing more than 10,001 pounds
  • Carrying more than eight passengers for a fee
  • Transporting more than 15 people
  • Transporting hazardous materials

You need to have a DOT physical every two years

How can I prepare for a DOT physical?

Preparing for a DOT physical can ensure a smooth process. Before your visit, make sure to bring documentation regarding any medications you’re currently taking. Valid documentation is also required if you have a disability that might prevent you from operating a commercial vehicle. 

The team at Clinica San Miguel can help you navigate the necessary DOT physical paperwork at their office. If you’re unsure what to bring to your appointment, contact the office beforehand with any questions you may have.

To learn more about the DOT physical process, call Clinica San Miguel or schedule an appointment online today.