DOT Physicals Specialist

Cosmopolitan Medical Practice

Dr. Robin McKinney, DO

Family Practice & Travel Medicine located in East Harlem, New York, NY

If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), or future plans to get your CDL, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that you get a physical exam to ensure you aren’t a public safety risk. Dr. Robin McKinney, DO, and her team at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice in East Harlem, New York, are licensed medical examiners and can provide you with the DOT physical you need so you can drive your vehicle. To schedule your DOT physical, call the office today, or book online.

DOT Physicals Q & A


Who needs a DOT physical?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set specific guidelines for the type of drivers that require a DOT physical exam. You need a DOT physical if you:

  • Drive a vehicle that weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Transport hazardous material
  • Drive a vehicle that carries 15 or more people
  • Operate a vehicle that transports 9-15 people 75 miles or more

The purpose of the DOT physical exam is to ensure that you won’t put anyone at risk

due to health issues while you’re on the road.

What do I need to bring to my DOT physical?

Your specialist at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice provides specifics on what you need to take to your DOT physical. In general, you should bring:

  • Government-issued identification (driver’s license)
  • List of your medications
  • Prescription eyewear
  • Hearing aids

If you have a chronic medical condition, you also need to bring a note from the doctor who manages that condition to your DOT physical exam.

What can I expect during my DOT physical?

Your specialist at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice is a licensed medical examiner and provides a comprehensive evaluation when you come in for your DOT physical. During the exam, your specialist:

  • Conducts a urine test
  • Assesses heart rate and blood pressure
  • Checks vision and hearing
  • Conducts a physical exam

The urine test for your DOT physical isn’t a drug test, but a check for underlying health conditions such as kidney disease or diabetes.

Your specialist at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice then completes your DOT medical form and determines if you qualify for your medical certificate so you can get your medical card and continue to drive your vehicle.

You may not qualify for your medical certificate if you have an underlying medical condition that makes you a risk, such as vision issues that haven’t been properly corrected with the right prescription eyewear. In many cases, you can remedy the disqualifying factor with the right medical care and get your medical certificate.

How often do I need a DOT physical?

If you’re in good health, you need a DOT physical exam to update your medical certificate every two years. However, if your specialist at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice has concerns about your health and how it may interfere with your driving, then you may need more frequent updates.

The DOT physical is a mandated exam that can only be conducted by a qualified medical examiner. To schedule your DOT physical, call Cosmopolitan Medical Practice today, or request an appointment online.