San Diego DOT Physicals - North County

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Frequently Asked Questions


Where to Get a DOT Physical in San Diego County?

Recently there have been new regulations regarding commercial driver’s licenses. Each commercial driver currently working in America today, regardless of the distances that they drive, must carry valid medical certificates showing they have done and successfully completed the DOT Physical. This is a very important test and once you pass you must carry the certificate together with your license when travelling on the road. If you need a commercial driver’s license and are located in the San Diego area, Executive Medical, a medical clinic trained in DOT physicals, now helps commercial drivers get their license active. We draw drivers from Escondido, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Fallbrook, Temecula and San Diego mostly, but also are available for drivers who are “passing through” from other states. We are well versed in all driver medical laws.

Why is the DOT Physical Important?

The DOT or Department of Transportation wants the guarantee that each of the commercial drivers operating in America are fit and capable of handling the rigors related to both short and long distance trucking. This department is concerned with insuring public to make sure that no unfit driver is on the public roads.. It could be very chaotic if a truck driver gets an epileptic episode or stroke while driving a huge truck on the highway.

That is the reason why the test is very important for all the commercial drivers. If a driver cannot pass the test cleanly, without any extenuating circumstances, then they cannot retain or obtain the commercial driving license.

DOT and CDL Physical Explained

When you successfully pass all the aspects of a driver physical and get the health certification, it is usually valid for a set period of time, the maximum time ins 2 years. However, if you have any medical condition and you need to go for follow-up exams, such as hypertension or diabetes, then the certificate would likely be limited for between three and six months. When any physical limitations are found, such as arthritis, severe back pain, prosthetics or hearing aids, you may be sent back to your regular doctor to ascertain if you condition affects your ability to do your commercial driving work.

What Happens in a Commercial Driver Physical?

The process of an examination is quite straightforward. It begins through recording your medical history. Usually, this covers the last 5 years, and you will need all display all relevant medical history during this period. In addition, you must list any prescription medications you are currently taking and also your habits relating to alcohol and recreational drugs.

A doctor will then moves to doing a full physical exam to test hearing, vision, blood pressure, urine and pulse rate, and then will perform a body physical exam, to assess whether you are capable of commercial driving as per federal and state regulations. There is no test for drugs unless specifically required by the appropriate authorities companies.

Get your DOT physicals today at Executive Medical. You may schedule online or give us a call at 760-891-4336.