DOT Physicals – $150 (not through insurance; cash/credit/debit).
Click REGISTER/CHECK-IN to schedule an appointment with a certified medical examiner. Not required but highly recommended (and easy!).
When presenting for a DOT physical, bring the following:
- Driver’s license (must be current; an image or temporary card is acceptable)
- Payment ($150, cash/credit/debit)
- If applicable, medication list
- If applicable, paperwork from treating provider (primary/specialist)
The Medical Examination Report Form (aka “long form”) is completed electronically, using CerteDrive software. There is no need to bring in the paper form.
Parking available for large trucks!
Near Dunkin’, turn into the Troy Schenectady Rd entrance that resides between Wendy’s/PEF and Dunkin’ (not the entrance to Subway). There is a parking lot on the side of the 1182 building.
Medical Examiner’s Certificate
If certified, the driver will leave with a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (medical card) and long-form. The medical examiner will determine whether the driver is certified or disqualified. If the driver is determined to be medically fit to drive, the medical examiner can certify the driver for a maximum of two years. Drivers who take oral medication for blood pressure and/or diabetes will typically receive a one-year card. Depending on the driver’s health, the medical examiner will determine the card’s expiration date.
DOT Physical Basics
There are a few main parts to the Commercial Driver Medical Examination Report:
- Driver Information (name, address, date of birth, driver license #, etc)
- Driver Health History (recent illness/injury, medications, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc)
- Vision Testing (20/40 or better in each eye, color blindness, peripheral vision)
- Hearing Testing (adequate hearing in at least one ear)
- Blood Pressure (140/90 or better)
- Urine Test (to check for protein, blood, sugar, and specific gravity; not a drug test!)
- Physical Exam (the driver will get into a gown, wearing only undergarments)
Special Cases (Insulin, Monocular Vision, Seizures, Missing/Impaired Limb)
Drivers on insulin will need to have the MCSA-5870 insulin form completed by the treating clinician (i.e. primary or endocrinologist). Drivers who have acceptable vision in only one eye will have to apply to FMCSA for a vision exemption. Drivers who lack acceptable hearing in at least one ear (with or without hearing aids) will have to apply to FMCSA for a hearing exemption. Drivers with a seizure history will need to apply to FMCSA for a seizure exemption. Drivers who are either missing a limb or have an impaired limb will need to apply for a Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate.