DOT Physical Exams

If you drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), federal law requires you to undergo routine examination to assess your physical, mental, and emotional fitness to be on the road for long hours. These exams are officially called Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Exams but are also known as DOT physicals. Dr. David Zweiback is a compassionate physician who offers DOT physical exams for CMV drivers at his practice near Philadelphia, PA. Our office is open later than many other doctors' locations, and we can try to schedule an appointment at a time that will not make you miss work.

What to Expect

A DOT medical exam evaluates a driver's vision, hearing, blood pressure, pulse rate, and physical ability to drive safely for long hours. It also tests for illegal drugs. The exam typically includes: 
  • Vision Testing
  • Hearing Evaluation
  • Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate Testing
  • Urinalysis
  • A Physical Exam

After your examination, Dr. Zweiback will issue a medical examiner's certificate that is valid for up to 24 months. However, the certificate can be valid for less than 24 months if you require more frequent monitoring of a health condition, such as high blood pressure or heart issues.

Preparing for the DOT Physical Examination

When you contact us for to schedule an appointment, we will explain in detail the medical records, documents, or appliances you need to bring for the examination. Some of these will include:

  • Eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids are necessary for drivers with vision or hearing problems. If you have hearing aids, you will need to bring records from your last examination.
  • Drivers who take any medications will need to bring the complete list, including the doses and information about the doctor prescribing the medicines.
  • Sufferers of Type 2 diabetes need to bring the most recent lab results from their Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC) test and their blood sugar logs.

Bringing appropriate documentation can speed your visit and prevent us from having to schedule a follow-up appointment if you are missing any vital information.

  • Those with heart-related issues need to, at minimum, bring a letter from their cardiologist that outlines their medical history and current medications that indicate that it is safe for them to drive CMVs.
  • Drivers using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea treatment need to bring their latest sleep evaluation.
  • If you suffer from any other medical condition, you they may need to bring additional information to the examination.

Bringing appropriate documentation can speed your visit and prevent us from having to schedule a follow-up appointment if you are missing any vital information.

Cost of a DOT Physical

A DOT physical examination is not covered by insurance and our office charges $155 to complete this process. We have patient financing options available to help you keep your medical expenses within your budget.

Why Choose Dr. Zweiback?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations allow only licensed medical examiners to perform DOT physicals, and Dr. Zweiback's unique background as a board-certified internist and primary care physician makes him a dependable choice for this exam. Please call us at (215) 935-1200 or send us a message online to schedule an appointment with our office.

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