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UPDATE: New Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Requirements

DOT Vision Requirements:

  • Need 20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction
  • Need a field of vision of at least 70 degrees in each eye
  • Must be able to distinguish between red, green, and amber colors
  • If vision doesn't meet standards, it must get evaluated by an ophthalmologist/optometrist and certified by the medical examiner

DOT Hearing Requirements:

  • Must be able to hear forced whisper from 5 feet away with better ear, with or without a hearing aid
  • If you fail the whisper test, you are referred for an audiometry test
  • Can use hearing aids while driving if needed
  • You cannot be completely deaf
New Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Requirements

DOT Blood Pressure Requirements:

  • A blood pressure (BP) of 140/90 or below is passing
  • If hypertensive and being treated:
    • BP of 140/90 to 159/99 - recertified yearly
    • BP of 160/100 to 179/109 - temporary 3-month cert, must reduce to <140/90 for 1-year
    • BP of 180/110 - cannot pass until reduced to <140/90, then 6-month cert

What Should I Bring to a DOT Physical Exam?

When going for a DOT physical examination, it's important to bring along certain items to save time and ensure a smooth process.

These include a current, valid form of photo ID, a list of any medications you are taking, your glasses or contact lenses if needed, and any relevant medical documentation, especially if you have an existing medical condition or test results requested by the examiner.

Having this information readily available can help the licensed medical examiner conduct a thorough evaluation.

What Should I Bring to a DOT Physical Exam?

Cost of DOT Physical

The cost of a DOT physical exam can vary depending on factors like location, facility, and the specific testing required. On average, most DOT physicals for non-CDL drivers range from $75-$125.

For commercial drivers requiring more extensive testing, the cost is often $100-$200 or more. Many employers cover some or all of the DOT exam costs for commercial drivers. It is advisable to be prepared with payment when arriving for your appointment.

What Does a DOT Physical Consist of?

What Does a DOT Physical Consist of?

A physical examination required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) must be performed by a "medical examiner" who is officially registered on the National Registry of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Your DOT Physical includes:

Detailed Health History Form

The DOT physical exam begins with the driver completing a detailed medical history form. This allows the medical examiner to get a comprehensive picture of the driver's medical conditions, medications, surgeries, hospitalizations, and other relevant health details such as high blood pressure or a history of sleep apnea.

DOT Medical Exam

The core of the DOT physical is the hands-on medical examination. This physical, performed by a certified medical examiner, evaluates whether a driver is physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. The examiner will check the driver's vital signs, such as blood pressure and heart rate, lung function, and overall physical condition.


A urinalysis to test for drugs and underlying medical issues is a standard component of the DOT exam. Drivers must test negative for controlled substances as part of maintaining certification.

Sleep Apnea Test

Given the safety risks, most commercial drivers must now undergo screening for obstructive sleep apnea during the DOT exam process. This usually involves a questionnaire and potential follow-up testing if sleep apnea is suspected.

Hearing and Vision Tests

No DOT physical is complete without administering a vision and hearing test to confirm the driver meets the minimum standards required for safe commercial vehicle operation. Hearing is screened with a whisper test, while vision is checked for acuity, field, and color recognition.

Additional Tests

In some cases, additional testing may be required to determine if applicants are physically qualified and emotionally fit to operate commercial vehicles.

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Why Choose Lajas Medical Group in Tampa

Experienced DOT Certified Medical Examiners

Our team comprises medical professionals who have completed rigorous training and certification to perform DOT exams according to federal regulations.

Same-Day DOT Physical Appointments Available

We understand the importance of minimizing downtime, so we offer same-day appointment availability for DOT physicals.

Efficient, Comprehensive Exam Process

Our streamlined exam process ensures you receive a thorough evaluation during your visit to eliminate unnecessary delays.

Affordable Pricing With Employer Billing Options

We provide competitive pricing for individuals, and we also offer employer billing for companies that want to cover their drivers' DOT medical exam costs.

Well-Versed in DOT Exam Requirements and Regulations

Our staff stays up-to-date on the latest DOT regulations and certification criteria to provide compliant, accurate exams.

Modern Facilities With Updated Medical Equipment

You'll undergo your exam in clean, modern facilities equipped with state-of-the-art medical diagnostic equipment.

Why Choose Lajas Medical Group in Tampa
Friendly, Professional Staff Dedicated to Driver Health

Our friendly staff treats every driver with professionalism, respect and a focus on promoting overall driver health and wellness.

Proven Track Record With Thousands of DOT Exams Performed

With thousands of successful DOT exams under our belt, you can trust Lajas Medical Group's experience and expertise.

Online Appointment Scheduling for Maximum Convenience

Our online scheduling system allows you to book your DOT physical appointment easily at your convenience.

DOT Physical Exams FAQ

How do you prepare for a DOT physical?

To properly prepare for a DOT physical exam, it's recommended to get a full night's sleep beforehand. Avoiding caffeine and heavy foods for 24 hours prior can also be helpful. Be sure to bring any glasses or contact lenses you need for the vision test. Having a list of your current medications ready is a good idea as well. Additionally, you'll want to avoid heavy exercise right before the exam.

How hard is it to pass a DOT physical?

How difficult it is to pass a DOT physical depends on your overall state of health. There are straightforward vision, hearing, and blood pressure criteria that are pass/fail. However, conditions like high blood pressure, vision or hearing impairments, and sleep apnea can make it more challenging to get medical certification.

Following the medical examiner's instructions carefully can increase your chances of passing. Those in good health typically don't have much trouble with the DOT exam.

What conditions disqualify you from getting a DOT card?

Some medical conditions may be disqualifying factors and prevent you from obtaining a DOT medical examiner's certificate. The following conditions may be grounds for disqualification:

  • Epilepsy
  • Severe heart disease
  • Breathing issues
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Substance abuse
  • Insulin-treated diabetes
  • Vision or hearing impairments

If you have one of these conditions, it is important to discuss it with your doctor. You may still qualify if your condition is appropriately managed and well-controlled or easily corrected with glasses or a hearing aid.

Who needs a DOT physical?

If you plan to get your CDL to operate an interstate commercial motor vehicle or a vehicle weighing over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, you are required to undergo DOT physical exams in Florida. Drivers of vehicles transporting 16 or more passengers also fall under this requirement.

Additionally, any driver operating a vehicle of any size transporting hazardous materials must get a DOT medical certification. Meeting these medical standards is crucial for commercial drivers.

Who can I get a DOT medical card from?

In Tampa, Florida, you can get a DOT medical card by passing a physical examination required by the Department of Transportation (DOT). This examination must be performed by a medical examiner who is officially registered on the National Registry of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

This definition encompasses various types of healthcare professionals, including medical doctors (MD), osteopathic physicians (DO), physician assistants (PA), advanced practice nurses (APN), and chiropractic doctors (DC).

Who can I get a DOT medical card from?

Where is Lajas Medical Group located?

Lajas Medical Group is located at 6601 Memorial Hwy, Suite 112, Tampa, FL 33615. It is a short drive from the Tampa International Airport.

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