CDL Physical Exam
Comprehensive Physicals For Your CDL
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 in need of a CDL physical exam, our helpful staff at RWJBarnabas are happy to help schedule one for you.
During your appointment for a DOT physical, our doctors at RWJBarnabas Renaissance assess your physical and mental health to ensure no medical conditions will interfere with your ability to drive and operate a vehicle safely. Our doctors perform a series of tests to check your blood pressure, vision, hearing, digestive, blood sugar, and mental health.
What happens during the DOT physical exam?
When you come in for your physical, you will present your doctor with your certification form with the top portion filled out. Your blood pressure and pulse will be taken and your overall physical health / appearance will be reviewed. You will also get an eye test. Aside from vision itself, they will look for proper eye dilation, appropriate eye movement, and you will be asked about any previous macular degeneration.
Hearing will be evaluated. Your ears will also be checked for abnormalities and holes in the eardrum.
Additionally, your major organs and systems will be reviewed. This includes your heart, lungs, abdomen, liver, and spine, etc. The examiner will make sure everything is the right size, sounds right, and that nothing appears outside of “normal.”
A urine specimen will also be taken to check for medical conditions and if required by your employer, it can also be used for drug testing.
Your physical exam will also include a comprehensive physical to look for any medical conditions that may have been previously unknown. RWJBarnabas specializes in CDL physicals and we look forward to assisting you in this process.