What is a DOT physical exam?
A DOT physical is an exam meant to identify underlying health conditions that may prevent an individual from operating a vehicle safely.
Who needs to have a DOT physical exam?
• Any driver whose employer requires a DOT exam
• Drivers who travel interstate
• Drivers who transport certain hazardous materials
• Drivers who operate certain types of passenger vehicles
What should I expect during a DOT exam?
Before the physical exam you will be asked to complete a form detailing your medical history. The form will ask if you have ever suffered from certain conditions such as seizures, heart attack, chronic pain, or spinal cord injuries. You should answer the questions truthfully. Falsifying information may result in legal action.
After reviewing your medical history, the DOT examiner will perform a physical exam including the following:
• A head-to-toe physical assessment including eyes, nose, throat, ears, heart, and lungs
• A check of vital signs including blood pressure and pulse
• A hernia check
• A neurological exam
Will my health condition prevent me from receiving a DOT certificate?
Certain medical conditions may either prevent DOT certification or limit the length of the certification. Your DOT examiner will determine if you meet certification criteria after completing a thorough physical examination. If you are determined healthy enough to operate a vehicle, you will receive a certificate for three months, six months, or one year.
Who can perform a DOT exam?
DOT physicals must be performed by a provider who has undergone a rigorous credentialing process. Dr. Stephen Sisselman is certified to perform DOT physicals and is a member of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
Where are your DOT physical exam locations?
We offer DOT physicals at our locations in Massapequa and Commack, New York.
How do I schedule a DOT exam?
To schedule a DOT physical, view our locations page, or give our offices a call at the following phone numbers: