In accordance with The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations (FMCSR) 49 CFR 391, any intrastate or interstate commerce drivers must pass a medical examination on a regularly scheduled basis, every 2 years or less depending on the medical status of the driver.

Activecare Chiropractic has the expertise to ensure your drivers are safe and healthy, and that your business conforms to DOT regulations.

Our CDL exams offer:

  • DOT Certified medical examiners
  • Thorough medical examinations that conform to DOT regulations
  • CDL requirements Expertise on the latest Commercial Driver's License (CDL) regulations and guidelines 
  • Immediate Pass/fail


COMPLETE DOT EXAMINATIONS

When you choose Activecare Chiropractic for your CDL examinations, your employees receive a complete examination that can provide you and your employees with an early alert of possible life-threatening conditions before they become a problem.


WHAT TO BRING TO A DOT PHYSICAL

All drivers need to bring a complete list of their medication, including the doses and their doctors’ names and addresses. 


To make sure the exam runs as smoothly as possible, drivers with certain medical issues need to bring the appropriate documents or items. For example:

  • Drivers with vision or hearing problems need to bring their eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids
  • Drivers with diabetes need to bring the most recent lab results from their Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC) and their blood sugar logs
  • Drivers with heart-related issues need to, at minimum, bring a letter from their cardiologist that outlines their medical history and current medications, and indicates that they are safe to work
  • Drivers with sleep apnea must utilize a CPAP machince, and will need to provide a Sleep Usage Report.  We are able to obtain these at our office if you bring your chip.
  • If you do not have the documentation we need, we will give you a 45-day grace period to turn in the information or for us to obtain that from a record release.


WHAT THE DOT PHYSICAL EXAM COVERS

1. Vision
Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction. They are also required to have at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye.

2. Hearing
Drivers must be able to perceive what is known as a “forced whisper” at a distance of 5ft or less, with or without a hearing aid. This standard equates to an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.

3. Blood pressure/pulse rate
The medical examiner will check the driver's blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.

4. Urinalysis
A urinalysis is required. The test looks for indications of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.

5. Physical Examination
​The physical exam will cover a dozen different categories:

  • General appearance
  • Eyes (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.)
  • Ears (scarring of tympanic membrane, perforated ear drums, etc.)
  • Mouth and throat (to look for problems breathing or swallowing)
  • Heart (murmurs, extra sounds, pacemaker, etc.)
  • Lungs and chest, not including breast examination (abnormal breathing, impaired respiratory functions, cyanosis, etc.)
  • Abdomen and Viscera (enlarged liver, viscera, muscle weakness)
  • Vascular (abnormal pulse, carotid, varicose veins)
  • Genito-urinary (hernias)
  • Extremities (limb impaired)
  • Spine, other musculoskeletal (previous surgery, limitation of motion, tenderness, etc.)
  • Neurological (impaired equilibrium, coordination or speech pattern, ataxia, asymmetric deep tendon reflexes)


A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA. It is up to the Medical Examiner to determine if a candidate meets all the requirements, and to mark the report to the best of their knowledge.

We will register your exam with the Federal Registry after your examination is complete.

*Corporate billing is available, please contact our office to get your account set up.

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