Common Information Drivers Should Bring To Every Dot Exam To Reduce Temporary Cards (And Thus Repeat Re-Examination)
All Drivers: Bring Current Drivers License and most recent Medical Examiners Certificate.
Medications: Drivers should bring a list of their medications. Along with dosages and your doctors' name address and phone numbers.
Hypertension: Blood pressure is a component of the DOT examination so drivers should avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, caffeinated sodas, sugary drinks, energy drinks) and be sure to take their morning medications before a DOT examination.
Diabetes: Bring the last HgA1C drawn (should be within 30 days), blood sugar logs, or other records related to your diabetes and a list of medications.
Sleep Apnea: Bring a download from the CPAP machine for the past 90 days.
Heart disease: For drivers who have had heart related issues cardiac bypass, stents, valve replacement, pacemaker, open heart surgery or MI (heart attack) an exercise stress test is required every 2 years. Any cardiomyopathy or heart failure requires an echocardiogram as well. Bring test results to the examination. Also a letter from your cardiologist (Heart Specialist) that details you medial history, medication and indicates that you are safe to drive a DOT commercial vehicle.
Mental illness: (including depression, anxiety, bipolar, most other mental illnesses) Bring a letter from the treating mental health provider stating the condition is stable, medications are well tolerated, and there are no limitations to driving a DOT commercial vehicle from a mental health perspective.
Stroke, Brain Tumor, Seizure Disorder, or Bleeding in the Brain: Will require a letter from your neurologist (Brain and Nerve Specialist) which details your medical history, current treatment, medication, and current neurologic and psychiatric condition. and that there are no limitations to driving a DOT commercial vehicle from a neurological health perspective.
Sedating Medications: Many medications that have sedating effects (including, but not limited to narcotics, sleep medications, and muscle relaxers) are either disqualifying or at least subject to the examiners safety judgment. It may help to bring a letter from the prescribing provider stating what the medications are used for, that they are being taken as prescribed, and that the prescribing provider assures there are no effects of the medications that would be a concern for driving a DOT commercial vehicle.
Blood thinner, Coumadin (Warfarn): Bring a recent INR (blood level and clearance) letter from your treating doctor
Loss of use of Limb (arm and or leg) Bring a letter from your treating physician listing injury any treatment and any restriction due to the injury. You may also be required to get a Skilled Performance Examination in order to qualify for you DOT card.
Vision & Hearing:Drivers need to be prepared with glasses, contacts or hearing aids they need to pass these test components.
Note: The final determination is at the discretion of the certified medical examiner.
Dr.Joseph H. Lones III, DC
North Lamar Chirpracatic
10102 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78753
DOT Physicals only $50.00 cash