How to Get a DOT Physical

How to Get a DOT Physical in San Antonio

To comply with federal law all commercial driver’s license holders have to pass a Department of Transportation physical examination. Because the test is held to a nationwide standard, this test will be the same no matter where you make your appointment. The test will consist of several medical examination to ensure that you are not on drugs and have no medical issues that would make it unsafe for you to drive a truck for long periods of time.

How To Get A Department of Transportation Physical Exam

In San Antonio it is simple to schedule a DOT physical examination. IF you are a beginning commercial driver, just graduating from your CDL driving course then the school you attended will probably be able to help you fill out all the paper work and schedule an appointment with AAA Medical Solutions. The school will advise you on the appropriate answers for the forms and answer any questions you may have.

If you are an experienced driver you must update your Department of Transportation physical every two years. It is very important that you do this promptly, or you can face penalties or even lose your CDL license. To schedule your appointment for a DOT physical contact the offices AAA Medical Solutions by calling 210-495-0086 or you can stop by their convenient location at 6127 San Pedro Avenue, #2 San Antonio. The medical clinic will provide all the paperwork to you, and give you the completed physical form to mail to company.

At the time of your appointment at AAA Medical Solutions you will be asked to fill out a short medical history. This history is very basic, but it is important that you fill it out correctly and accurately. If you fill out an answer incorrectly and do not notice before you submit the forms, you will not be able to change your answers later. This could cause you to be not be recertified for CDL driving, and force you to appeal or retake the physical exam.

During your physical, AAA Medical will administer a series of basic examinations. The physical exam will consist of multiple exams to check blood pressure, vision which must be at least 20/40 and the driver must not be color blind, motor skills, listening to the lungs to check for respiratory problems, a urine exam to check the sugar levels and a drug test to make sure that the driver is not on any illegal narcotics. If the driver is shown to have a cardiovascular disease such as congestive cardiac failure, collapse or cardiac insufficiency they will have to provide documentation from a specialist stating that stress will not cause a heart failure.

After you have completed your Department of Transportation physical you will receive a laminated physical card for your CLD as well as two copies of the DOT physical form. You will have to send one of these to your company and use the other form for your CLD. It is also possible to have a copy of the form faxed to your company if you prefer.

If you have any questions about the physical exam process or about what you need to do, please contact your companies Human Resource Office. Feel free to contact the office of AAA Medical Solutions at 210-495-0086 to schedule your DOT appointment today, or with any other questions.