What does DOT stand for?
Department of Transportation
Who needs a DOT exam?
- The operator of a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of over 10,001 pounds
- The operator of a vehicle designed to transport more than 15 people
- The operator of a vehicle transporting hazardous materials
How often do I need a DOT exam?
A DOT exam is good for a maximum of 2 years if the operator is healthy, is safe to operate a motor vehicle, and meets all requirements of the medical examiner. However, medical problems such as hypertension and diabetes will decrease this amount of time to a year or sometimes less, depending on the medical problem and physical examination findings.
What can I expect during my exam?
The medical examiner will get a detailed history of any medical problems and medications and then gathers the following information:
- Neck circumference
- Visual acuity
- Color vision
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Urinalysis for glucose, protein, specific gravity, and blood
- Detailed head to toe exam