If you have or are trying to obtain a commercial driver’s license, you’re subject to regular physical exams with your physician. But it’s important that your required physical with the Department of Transportation, or DOT, is with a certified physician. Internist Arthur Pinkhasov, MD, is certified and can help you with your physical and all essential paperwork. Book your Department of Transportation physical at Genuine Care Physician, PC in Forest Hills, New York, by calling the office at (516) 262-3612 or by using the online scheduler.

Why do I need a DOT physical?

The Department of Transportation, or DOT, requires that men and women who drive trucks for a living go through routine medical screening. This is to ensure that drivers don’t have any underlying chronic medical conditions that may impact their ability to drive and maneuver commercial vehicles safely. To pass your DOT physical exam, you must be in good overall health.

Certain conditions will prevent you from driving a commercial motor vehicle. Generally, you’re not a candidate for a commercial motor vehicle license if you need insulin to manage diabetes.

Other afflictions, such as high blood pressure or non-insulin dependent diabetes, will allow you to drive — if your doctor prescribes medication to help you manage them. In these cases, you could be issued a temporary certificate that is only valid for a few months. You’re going to need another physical later to ensure your medication is working and your condition is under control.

How often do I have to get a DOT physical?

The DOT physical certificate of health is valid for 24 months. If you get a temporary certificate though — usually only granted if you have a chronic health condition — the certificate is usually only valid for three months. It’s important to schedule your DOT physical exam before your current certificate expires. Otherwise, it could delay your license renewal.

What do I need to bring to my DOT exam?

Bring all of your paperwork that your employer provides for proof of the DOT physical. Dr. Pinkhasov and his team have plenty of experience filling out the required paperwork and performing the physical requirements. It’s also helpful to bring a list of your current medications and their dosages — this includes supplements and over-the-counter medications.

Before your appointment, ask if you need to fast or stop taking medications. You might need bloodwork or a urinalysis for your physical, and your diet or meds could impact the results.

If you’re due for a DOT physical exam, call the office of Genuine Care Physician, PC to schedule your appointment. You can also book through the online booking feature.