DOT Physicals Specialist

Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care

Urgent Care & Primary Care Internal Medicine located in Stone Ridge Neighborhood, Stone Ridge, VA

If you drive for a living, you’re probably familiar with the risks of your job. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is, too, so they require that you take a DOT physical exam every two years. At Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care in Stone Ridge, Virginia, Anita Chatman, MD, MPH, and her team offer DOT physicals for men and women who need them for work. Book your next DOT physical by phone or online at Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care today.

DOT Physicals Q & A

What are DOT physicals?

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals are medical examinations that the DOT requires commercial drivers to have with a certified health care provider. At Dulles Urgent Care Center, a certified provider administers DOT physicals by appointment.

Why do I need a DOT physical?

Employees whose jobs are deemed safety-sensitive by the Department of Transportation need DOT physicals to make sure that their job performance is safe for both themselves and the general public. The physical ensures that you’re healthy enough in mind and body to drive safely for two years, with or without monitoring. 

You’re required to get a DOT physical if you:

  • Drive a vehicle for 15 or more passengers
  • Are paid to drive a vehicle for eight or more passengers
  • Drive a vehicle carrying hazardous materials
  • Drive a vehicle that weighs over 10,000 pounds

These categories generally carry more risk than when you’re driving your personal car, so the Department of Transportation wants to make sure you can competently do the job.

How should I prepare for a DOT physical?

There are a few steps to take and things to bring to your DOT physical appointment. You should bring:

  • A list of your current medications
  • Anything you use to aid your senses, such as  glasses or hearing aids)
  • Information related to diabetes
  • A letter from your cardiac specialist if you have a history of heart problems

For a speedy visit to Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care, you may also fill out the health history questionnaire before the day of your appointment. 

What happens during a DOT physical?

A DOT physical is similar to any routine check-up with your doctor. It starts with a physical exam, during which your provider looks closely at your appearance and checks the functioning of some of your organs. They listen to your heart rate and breathing and test your reflexes, equilibrium, and coordination. The exam also includes:

  • Vision test
  • Hearing test
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urinalysis
  • Hernia test

The whole appointment usually takes no more than one hour. You must be transparent about your health history and answer all of your doctor’s questions the best you can.

To schedule your DOT physical and perform your job with confidence in your health, call Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care today.

Notes: We currently have one provider certified to complete DOT physicals.  Please call ahead to book an appointment with our certified DOT physician.