What to Expect
We are proud to offer affordable $70 DOT Physical Exams to the Metro Atlanta area. Our office is conveniently located in the same plaza as the local Drivers License office.
If you’re a professional truck or bus driver, you may have been told that you need a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. Mandated by federal law, this checkup clears you for driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and helps ensure that you and fellow CMV drivers can handle the long hours, exhausting schedules, and stress of operating commercial vehicles.
Do I need a DOT Physical?
Yes if you fall into one of these categories:
- You operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people.
- You are paid to operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 8 people.
- You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds.
- You transport hazardous materials that require your vehicle to be placarded.
Your DOT physical exam will be completed by a certified medical examiner, who is listed in the FMCSA National Registry . The DOT or CDL exam includes, but is not limited to a review of your current and past health history, medications, and surgeries, Additionally, the doctor will perform a general physical which will include examining your blood pressure, vision, hearing, and a urinalysis.
At the completion of the DOT Physical exam, the office will provide your DOT Certificate and Long Form, according to the FMCSA guidelines.
Do you have a question about you local Atlanta DOT physical exam? Give us a call, or look below at some common questions and answers. We are convenient to Lithonia, Stone Mountain, Snellville and Conyers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the acceptable blood pressure ranges?
The cardiovascular recommendations for certification are defined as:
139/89 or less --------------------------> 2 year certification
140-159/90-99 = Stage 1 hypertension ------> 1 year certification
160-179/100-109 = Stage 2 hypertension ---> 3 month certification
Greater than or equal to 180/110 = Stage 3 hypertension.---> Disqualify
What if I have hypertension and/or take high blood pressure medication?
The driver with hypertension and BP less than or equal to 139/89 may be certified for up to 1 year. The driver with stage 1 or stage 2 may be given a one-time 3 month certificate. During that time, the driver is expected to speak to their medical doctor about lowering their blood pressure to the acceptable range. When the driver returns to the office for certification, the blood pressure must be at or below 139/89. A driver with stage 3 hypertension will be disqualified.
What if I have "white coat syndrome", or I'm feeling stressed?
Seeing a doctor can be a stressful time, and we do everything we can to provide a relaxed environment for our patients. Also, the doctor will give each driver several chances to retest for a lower the blood pressure, as office hours allow.
What if I have diabetes?
A driver with diabetes should be re-certified annually.
What is being checked in the urinalysis?
This urinalysis is not a drug test. The test checks for specific gravity, protein, blood and sugar.
Do I have to take a drug test?
Your employer may request a pre-employment drug test, which we offer. However, it is not part of the standard DOT Physical, and is a separate fee.
What if I wear hearing aid(s)?
The hearing standard requires a driver to be able to hear a forced whisper in at least one ear at 5 feet. If you are unable to pass the whisper test, an audiometric exam may be required, as it can be a more sensitive test. We do not offer these exams in office, but ask you to bring, or have your record sent to this office on or before your appointment.
The audiometric standard is as follows:Not have an average hearing loss in one ear greater than 40 decibels (dB) at 500 hertz (Hz), 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz.
What if i had a Coronary Artery Bypass?
The waiting period after your surgery is 3 months. Please bring supporting documentation from your provider as necessary. The documents should include information from your annual exercise tolerance test, and LVEF percentage.