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A DOT physical is a medical exam that is a requirement for people who drive commercial vehicles. The point of a DOT physical is to make sure that anyone who is or will be driving commercial motor vehicles is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to perform this activity without risks to themselves or others who share the road with them.
Who Performs a DOT Physical?
A Jacksonville DOT physical is conducted by a licensed medical examiner who is listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. You can find a list of certified medical examiners near you by using the FMCSA search tool.
What Do You Get After Passing a DOT Physical?
If you pass a DOT physical, you will receive a medical certificate that will allow you to drive a commercial vehicle for up to 24 months, unless you have a condition that requires more frequent testing.
Some conditions that may require annual or quarterly testing are diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. If you suffer from any of them, your doctor will prescribe the appropriate treatment and will provide follow-ups to make sure these conditions are under control.
What Are the Main Components of a DOT Physical Exam?
A DOT physical consists of several components, such as:
- A detailed health history form that asks questions about your health, medications, and surgeries, as well as the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.
- A physical examination that tests your hearing, vision, blood pressure, and other health indicators.
- A urinalysis that provides information about your blood sugar level and other health indicators. The urinalysis is also used for drug testing purposes.
- Other tests that may be required depending on your medical condition, such as blood tests or electrocardiograms.
How Long Does It Take to Get Results From a DOT Physical?
If you have taken a DOT physical, you are likely hoping to get your results as soon as possible so that you can continue driving your commercial vehicle or start driving one if this is your first time.
Physicians are required to report the results of all physical exams to the FMCSA within 24 hours of the exam. This means that you should be able to get your results from a DOT physical within a day or two of taking it. However, some factors may delay the reporting or processing of your results, such as:
- The availability and workload of the medical examiner
- Your health history and examination
- The need for additional tests or consultations
- The accuracy and timeliness of the data entry and submission
- Technical issues or errors with the National Registry website or system
Therefore, it is advisable to schedule your DOT physical well in advance of your expiration date or deadline and to follow up with your medical examiner or employer if you do not receive your results within a reasonable time frame. You can also check the status of your results on the National Registry website by entering your name and date of birth.