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DOT Physicals

DOT Physicals offered in Upper Marlboro, MD

If you drive or plan to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the United States, you need to become qualified via a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam. Get your DOT physical at Omni Primary & Urgent Care, a convenient urgent care center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Their team of physicians, family nurse pracitioners, and physician assistants provide the care you need in a timely and friendly manner without compromising quality. Schedule your appointment today online or over the phone. Walk-ins are also welcome. 

What is a DOT physical?

A DOT, or Department of Transportation, physical exam is when a qualified doctor, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse determines whether or not you’re physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle.

DOT physicals ensure that those driving semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles can safely transport their goods and drive. The goal is to make sure people are mentally, physically, and emotionally fit. They’re an essential component of road safety.

How do I know if I need a DOT physical?

You may need a DOT physical if you:

  • Haven’t had one in two years
  • Have developed an illness that might impair you
  • Were recently injured
  • Need to qualify as a new commercial motor vehicle driver
  • Were previously found not to be physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle

If you’re unsure whether or not it’s time for you to get a DOT physical, check with your company.

What happens during a DOT physical?

During a DOT physical, your medical examiner starts by asking you a series of questions related to the following:

  • Your medical history
  • Any medical conditions
  • Your current medications

They also examine you for signs of potential lifestyle-related risks, including:

  • Obesity
  • Alcoholism

Your medical examiner then performs tests, including:

  • Urine analysis for medical problems like diabetes
  • The “whisper” hearing test
  • A vision test
  • A hernia test
  • A blood test to check for conditions such as high blood pressure

Some companies also require your medical examiner to test your urine for the presence of drugs and/or alcohol.

To make sure the appointment is productive, bring a list of any medications you’re taking, including dosages, as well as any hearing aids and/or prescription eyewear.

Typically, if you pass your DOT physical, your results are valid for up to 24 months. Sometimes, your medical examiner issues a certificate that expires more quickly. This is the case when you have a medical issue that requires more frequent checkups, such as high blood pressure.

If you need a DOT physical, visit Omni Primary & Urgent Care in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Call the office or reach out online to schedule an appointment. Omni Primary & Urgent Care also accepts walk-ins.