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 11 locations throughout Texas, including three in Dallas, five in Houston, and one each in Fresno, Arlington, and Pasadena, the family medicine specialists perform DOT physicals for their patients. Call Clinica San Miguel or schedule an appointment online today.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Other factors, such as drug or alcohol abuse, can also result in a failed DOT physical.
Operating a commercial vehicle requires an up-to-date DOT certification. You may need a DOT physical if you operate a vehicle:
You need to have a DOT physical every two years
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.