DOT Physicals

Ferguson Family Practice

Family Medicine & Occupational Medicine located in San Marcos, TX

If you’re applying for a commercial driver’s license, you’re required to get a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical to prove you’re healthy enough to operate the vehicle. At Ferguson Family Practice, Ashley Ferguson, RN, FNP-C, and Rosalind Holliday offer DOT physicals and complete all the necessary paperwork. Call the San Marcos, Texas, office or schedule an appointment online to have your DOT physical completed in a timely manner.

DOT Physicals Q & A

What is a DOT physical?

As part of the application process for a Texas commercial driver’s license, you must prove you’re in good health. This requirement is made by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The DOT exam ensures you’re in satisfactory health to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. The exam also identifies any existing health issues that might interfere with your ability to drive safely.

What should I expect during a DOT physical?

At a DOT physical, the Ferguson Family Practice team reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. They go over any issues or symptoms you may be experiencing and also consider your family history to determine if you may need additional screenings.

The comprehensive physical exam involves evaluation of your vitals, such as temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. They also examine your ears, eyes, nose, throat, and lungs to identify any abnormalities.

You may be asked to perform certain movements so the team can assess your overall reflexes, flexibility and strength.

How does an existing health condition affect the physical?

A condition such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease may necessitate additional screenings, such as bloodwork, to ensure it’s managed and you’re not experiencing complications that could interfere with your ability to operate a vehicle.

Health conditions that can interfere with your driving ability are also something you can discuss with  Ferguson Family Practice. Impairments like seizures or musculoskeletal disorders could limit your driving activity.

What is required to complete a DOT physical appointment?

Bring a list of all prescription medications and supplements you take. Also note the dosages. If you have other doctor’s notes or lab results relating to an existing condition, bring copies for  Ferguson Family Practice to review. Write down any symptoms or concerns you’re experiencing and relevant treatment, so you don’t forget to discuss anything while at your appointment. If you have sleep apnea, bring your report of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) use to your visit. 

Bring the necessary paperwork from the Department of Transportation so the staff at Ferguson Family Practice is able to complete it in a timely manner.

Schedule a DOT physical appointment today by calling the office or by using the convenient online booking feature.