DOT exam sections
The Department of Transportation physical exam is divided up into seven sections.
Section one is your general information. Do not forget your driver’s license because you will not be allowed to take this exam without it.
Section two is your health history. There are some medical conditions in which you will not be qualified to take the exam. One example is insulin-dependent diabetics cannot take the exam. If you are on oral meds make sure you bring your last HgA1C that you had done in the last three months.
Section three we test your vision. You must have a minimum of 20/40 vision in both eyes in order to qualify. It does not matter whether or not you’re wearing glasses. Your horizontal peripheral vision needs to be at least 70 degrees. There is a color test and you need to be able to distinguish the difference between red, green and yellow lights. The reason for that is pretty obvious.
Section four is the hearing test. The driver has to be able to hear a whisper from at least five feet in both ears. If you fail this you still can get an audio test and pass the exam. Hearing aids are not disqualifying.
Section five is the blood pressure and pulse section of the test. With no history of high blood pressure, you must have at or below a blood pressure of 139 over 89 to qualify for a two-year certification. If you are on hypertension meds and at the previous numbers you will only get a one-year certification. Folks, this is the section most people fail. Please take your meds and come in for an early appointment. See you primary care doctor prior to you DOT exam so you know that everything is OK.
Part six of the exam is the laboratory testing. We take a little urine sample and we check for blood sugar, protein, and blood. These are an indication of possible hidden health problems.
The last part of the examination is the general physical exam. We listen to your heart, lungs, do some muscle tests, check your balance, etc.
At the conclusion of the exam, you will have your medical certificate exam form completed and signed. We will upload your information to the federal database. You are responsible to take your information to the local DMV. The whole process takes about 30 minutes.
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