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DOT Physical Certification

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DOT Physical Certification at Portland Urgent Care

Portland Urgent Care makes it easy to schedule and take the DOT Physical Certification Exam.

With online booking and a friendly staff ready to process DOT physicals, all you need to do is get ready to visit!

We've outlined the information that you'll need to know for your DOT physical.

Book a time and read through our tips and tricks before you come in to make the experience as quick and easy as possible! We look forward to helping you!

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Bring the items necessary for your appointment.

Download: What to Bring to DOT Physical.pdf


Upon completion of your DOT Physical, your results will be uploaded electronically to the NRCME. You will also obtain your medical exam card onsite.

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"Very good experience. Had a 10am appointment for my DOT physical and they promptly took me to my room. The staff are very friendly. We will be back next year. Thank you!"

Mark S.

"I looked everywhere in Portland for a D.O.T medical examiners clinic, I was lucky to get in on a busy Monday and they were really prompt and thorough. The Staff was very great and made me feel very comfortable. I will recommend this place to all my Wildland Firefighter coworkers and friends."

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"Great facility with great doctors! I had the pleasure of being assessed for a DoT Physical certificate by Dr Cheryl Springer. She is very knowledgeable and I will definitely request her in future!"

Jonathan M.

Requirement of a Valid DOT Physical Certification

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a health examination mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. A DOT physical helps determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a CMV. If you are a commercial driver, you are a "safety-sensitive" employee. And for your safety and the public's safety, FMCSA requires you to complete and pass a DOT physical to maintain a valid commercial driver's license (CDL).


Do I need a DOT Physical?

You are required to complete and pass a DOT physical if you:

  • Operate a motor vehicle for interstate commerce with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds
  • Operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people
  • Are paid to operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than eight people
  • Transport hazardous materials that required your vehicle to be placarded
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What to expect during a DOT Physical.

You are required to complete and pass a DOT physical if you:

During a DOT physical, a certified medical examiner (CME) will check your vital signs, review your medical history, and perform a required hands-on physical examination that includes (but is not limited to):

  • General appearance
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Mouth and throat
  • Heart
  • Lungs and chest
  • Extremities
  • Nervous system
  • Hernias
  • Back and spine
  • Urine Analysis (be ready to give a sample)

The CME will issue you a medical examiner’s certificate (MEC) – also called a DOT medical card – when you meet the DOT physical requirements. Without a valid DOT medical card, you may lose your CDL.



What to Bring to a DOT Physical Exam

ALL Drivers

  • Bring a complete list of ALL of your medications, including the doses and your doctors' names and addresses

  • You may want to complete page one of the exam (driver's portion) to save time at the center

Drivers who require eyeglasses, contact lenses, or hearing aid

  • Bring your glasses, contacts, or hearing aids
  • You will be required to pass a vision and hearing test

Drivers who have high blood pressure

  • Your blood pressure MUST be below 140/90 on the day of your exam or you may not qualify for a DOT card

Drivers who have diabetes

  • Your blood sugar should be controlled
  • Bring the most recent results of a lab test called a Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC) and your blood sugar logs or other records related to your diabetes

Drivers who have nighttime sleep disturbance (sleep apnea) and use a CPAP machine

  • Bring a reading from your machine documenting your proper use of the machine; a letter from your sleep specialist may also be required
  • Bring at least 90 days of data, but data from the past year is best

Drivers who have heart-related issues, (including the use of stent, valve replacement, pacemaker, open-heart surgery, cardiac bypass surgery, or heart attack)

  • At minimum, bring a letter from your cardiologist (heart specialist) that outlines your medical history and current medications and indicates you are safe to drive a DOT vehicle
  • You may also need to bring the results of a recent stress test, ECHO cardiogram, or other testing completed within the past 1-2 years

Drivers who have suffered a stroke, a brain tumor, seizure disorder, or bleeding in the brain

  • Bring a letter from your neurologist (brain and nerve specialist) that outlines your medical history, current medications, and current neurologic and psychiatric state

Drivers who have experienced the permanent loss of use in an arm or a leg

  • Bring an overview from your physician of the injury and if you have any work restrictions due to the injury
  • You may need a Skilled Performance Examination in order to qualify for your DOT card

Drivers who are taking any medications that may cause sedation or sleepiness or controlled substances (includes narcotics, sleeping pills, anxiety medication, ADHD medication)

  • You will most likely need a note and medical records from your treating physician regarding the safety of driving a DOT vehicle while using these medications

Drivers who are taking the blood thinner Coumadin (Warfarin)

  • Bring a recent INR (blood level and clearance) letter from your doctor

If you are uncertain if you will qualify for a DOT card, you may want to schedule a visit with your primary or specialty physician BEFORE your re-certification date. Each physical examination, just like each DOT applicant, is unique. The above are guidelines only, and not meant to be all inclusive or as a guarantee of passing the exam. Additional testing or/information may be required by your DOT examiner.


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