DOT Physical FAQs for Drivers

What are DOT Physicals? 

Department of Transportation Physicals, commonly referred to as DOT Physicals, are medical exams to determine if truck drivers and other commercial vehicle operators are healthy enough to drive. 

A DOT Physical is required before a commercial drive can renew their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Truck drivers that don’t take the time to complete their CDL may experience delays or gaps in their driving schedule. 

Unless drivers have a specific exemption or waiver, they are required to undergo medical physicals based on federal medical guidelines. Additionally, each state requires drivers to meet other qualifications in order to get their physical completed. 

According to Massachusetts’ standards for CDL renewal, a driver must meet these federal medical requirements to pass their DOT Physical: 

  • Hearing: Ability to hear a forced whisper from more than 5 feet away in at least 1 ear.
  • Vision: Correctable 20/40 vision in each eye.
  • Cardiac Health: No chronic conditions that put the drive at risk for heart attack or COPD, unless medication suggests the condition is under control. 
  • Diabetes: Requires a stable blood sugar level and effective management of diabetes. Having diabetes does not immediately disqualify your DOT physical. 
  • Blood Pressure:  140-159 / 90-99 = 1 yr certificate;  160-179 / 100-109 = 3 mo temp certificate based on examiner’s discretion; >180 / 110 = Disqualified for CDL renewal 

Where can commercial drivers get DOT Physicals in Swampscott, MA? 

AFC Urgent Care Swampscott is a local walk-in clinic and urgent care center that allows patients to get an updated DOT Physical without the need for an appointment. Simply visit our facility during open hours to begin your physical! 

In addition, drivers should not hesitate to ask any questions related to DOT physicals as well as their overall health. AT AFC Urgent Care Swampscott, we strive to ensure your driving career remains safe, healthy, and uninterrupted. 

If you have further questions, please call us directly or use the map for directions to our clinic!