What to bring to a DOT Physical
WHAT TO BRING TO A DOT PHYSICAL EXAM
- Bring a complete list of ALL of your medications, including the doses and your doctors’ names.
- You may want to complete page one of the exam (driver’s portion) to save time at the center.
Drivers who require eyeglasses, contact lenses, or hearing aids
- Bring your glasses, contacts or hearing aids
- You will be required to pass a vision and hearing test
Drivers who have high blood pressure
- Your blood pressure MUST be below 140/90 on the day of your exam or you may not qualify for a DOT card
Drivers who have diabetes
- Your blood sugar should be controlled
- Bring the most recent results of a lab test called a Hemoglobin A1C and your blood sugar logs or other records related to your diabetes
Drivers who have nighttime sleep disturbance (sleep apnea) and use a CPAP machine
- Bring a reading from your machine documenting your proper use of the machine; a letter from your sleep specialist may also be required.
Bring at least 90 days of data, but data from the past year is best
Drivers who have heart-related. Issues, (including the use of stent, valve replacement, pacemaker, open-heart surgery, cardiac bypass surgery, or heart attack)
- At minimum, bring a letter from your cardiologist (heart specialist) that outlines your medical history and current medications and indicates you are safe to drive a DOT vehicle.
- You may also need to bring the results of a recent stress test, ECHO cardiogram, or other testing completed within the past 1-2 years.
Drivers who are taking the blood thinner Coumadin (Warfarin)
- Bring a recent INR (blood level and clearance) letter from your doctor
Drivers who have suffered a stroke, brain tumor or seizure disorder
- Bring a letter from your neurologist ( brain and nerve specialist) that outlines your medical history , current medications, and current neurologic and psychiatric state