DOT Physicals Specialist

Coopersburg Family Practice

Family Practice located in Coopersburg, PA

To ensure safety on the more than 4 million miles of roadways in the United States, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that commercial carriers undergo a medical exam, which is to be performed by specially licensed health care providers. Brooke Kunsman, CRNP and Joseph Daday, MD, at Coopersburg Family Practice offer DOT physicals in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. If you need to get your first DOT physical or are due for a follow-up, call today. Patient’s DOT Physicals can last anywhere from 6 months – 2 years depending on their medical conditions. The provider determines the length of their certification based off DOT guidelines.

DOT Physicals Q & A

Why do I need a DOT physical?

In an effort to keep the 4 million miles of public roads and 164,000 miles of the National Highway System safe, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that anyone who drives a commercial carrier undergo a physical exam.

Driving a large vehicle over great distances and long hours is a demanding job, and the FMCSA wants to ensure that you’re physically fit enough for the rigors of the job.

Only a limited number of doctors and providers are certified to sign off on the specialized DOT physical, and Coopersburg Family Practice has certified providers.

What does the DOT physical check for?

Your DOT physical is not unlike your regular annual check-up, except that your doctor has a very specific checklist to cover for the FMCSA. To give you an idea of what to expect, your doctor will:

  • Check your heart rate and blood pressure
  • Perform a urine test
  • Check your hearing and vision
  • Review your medical history, including past surgeries
  • Check for any motor issues, such as limited use of one of your limbs
  • Review your mental health
  • Review any seizure disorders
  • Check for diabetes
  • Review your medications

Keep in mind, this list is just a sample of what your doctor covers during your DOT physical. The bottom line is that the DOT physical is for your safety, as well as the safety of others, so your doctor reviews any health issue or concern that may compromise your ability to operate a large rig.

How should I prepare for my DOT physical?

There isn’t much you need to do to prepare for your DOT physical, but you should bring the following items with you:

  • Any prescription medication you’re taking
  • Corrective lenses you wear, including contact lenses or glasses
  • Information on any recent surgical procedures or medical issues
  • Insurance Card
  • Current Driver's License

When you call to make your appointment at Coopersburg Family Practice, you’ll receive a list of what you should bring.

How often do I need a DOT physical?

Once your doctor completes your DOT physical, the staff sends the information to the FMCSA, which will sign off on your Medical Examiner’s Certificate. You simply return for a follow-up physical. Patients should be scheduling a minimum of 30 days prior.

If you have more questions about the DOT physical or you’d like to go ahead and schedule your appointment, call Coopersburg Family Practice today.

After patients complete their DOT Physical, they need to provide a copy of their ME (Medical Examiner’s) Certificate to their State Driver Licensing Agency.  Pennsylvania accepts mailed in, faxed, or emailed certificates to:

PA Department of Transportation

Bureau of Driver’s Licensing

PO Box 68678

Harrisburg, PA 17106-8678

Fax: 717-783-5429