DOT Physicals

Primary Care & Wellness Center located in Daphne, AL

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DOT Physicals services offered in Daphne, AL

Commercial truck drivers must undergo regular Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exams to keep public roads safe. If you need a DOT physical, Brittany Aguirre, DO, can perform your exam at Genesis Health and Beauty Bar in Daphne, Alabama. Dr. Aguirre is a licensed medical examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry, meaning she can perform your physical so you can obtain your commercial driver’s license. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more today.

DOT Physicals Q&A

What are DOT physicals?

A DOT physician is an exam the Department of Transportation requires before you can operate a commercial vehicle. These health screenings are different from annual physicals, which aim to prevent disease and illness. A DOT physical ensures you’re physically and mentally healthy enough to drive a commercial vehicle around civilians. 

DOT physicals protect you and others on the road from dangerous accidents. Dr. Aguirre performs these physicals at Genesis Health and Beauty Bar to protect you and others on the road.

Who needs DOT physicals?

Every commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver must undergo a DOT physical. These exams are required under federal law in every state. You must have a DOT physical if you:

  • Operate a vehicle that can carry more than 15 people
  • Transport hazardous materials
  • Drive a vehicle with a gross combination weight of 10,000 pounds or more
  • Receive payment for operating a vehicle that can carry more than eight people 

If you pass a DOT physical, you receive a medical examiner’s certificate (MEC) that allows you to perform these duties. Failing to obtain a valid MEC puts you at risk of losing your commercial driver’s license (CDL).

How often should I schedule DOT physicals?

All CMVs must undergo a DOT physical at least once every two years. If you have an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), or chronic pain, you may need more frequent visits. Dr. Aguirre works with you to develop a care plan that addresses your needs and helps you maintain your CDL.

What do DOT physicals involve?

DOT physicals are similar to annual health screenings, but they typically include a few extra steps. The physical exam is a head-to-toe evaluation that assesses your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Dr. Aguirre also listens to your heart and lungs and palpates (touches) your abdomen before testing your flexibility, strength, and range of motion.

Along with the physical screening, Dr. Aguirre:

  • Tests your vision and hearing
  • Orders urinalysis
  • Checks your vitals (blood pressure, temperature, and respiration rate)
  • Records your height and weight

She may also order additional lab testing, such as bloodwork, to investigate any abnormalities during your exam.

If you need a DOT physical, Dr. Aguirre can provide the care you need at an affordable price. Call Genesis Health and Beauty Bar or schedule an appointment online to learn more today.