Department Of Transportation Physicals Specialist

Rose Medical Clinic

Acute Primary Care & Substance Abuse Treatment located in Chillicothe, OH

Some family members may be required to have a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical if they operate a commercial vehicle. At Rose Medical Clinic, the team can perform a comprehensive DOT physical to keep you or your loved one safe on the road and able to work efficiently. To schedule an appointment for a DOT physical, call the office in Chillicothe, Ohio, or request an appointment online today. 

Department of Transportation Physicals Q&A

What are DOT physicals?

A DOT physical (or Department of Transportation exam) is a health assessment that evaluates your physical and mental health as a commercial vehicle operator. 

Working as a commercial driver requires a certain level of physical fitness, vision acuity, and strong mental health. A DOT physical ensures you’re physically and mentally healthy enough to drive on the road.

What do DOT physicals include?

A DOT physical is not the same as a routine annual exam. When you visit for an annual exam, there is an emphasis on preventive care that focuses on identifying early signs of disease. 

Meanwhile, a DOT physical detects health concerns that may put you or others on the road at risk if you're operating a commercial vehicle.

At Rose Medical Clinic, the team examines a few things during a DOT physical, including: 

Vitals check

When you arrive for your DOT physical, the team first checks your vitals (such blood pressure and heart rate) to screen for potential health concerns.

Medical history review

After checking your vitals, the team reviews your medical history and asks questions regarding any recent changes to your health. 

If you’ve undergone surgical procedures that impact your mobility or range of motion, the team may order additional testing. They may also ask about new or worsening symptoms you’re experiencing to better assess your health.

Physical exam

The physical portion of a DOT exam is similar to an annual exam. After the team checks your ears, nose, and throat, they listen to your heart and lungs. They also palpate your abdomen and test your reflexes.

Vision test

To pass a DOT physical, you must also have 20/40 acuity in each eye and at least 70 degrees peripheral in the horizontal meridian. You can wear glasses or contacts to pass the vision test.

Hearing test

You must be able to hear a “forced” whisper from at least five feet away, whether you use a hearing aid or not.


Urinalysis is necessary to test your kidney function and detect chronic diseases (such as diabetes) that may affect your ability to drive. 

A drug screening is not part of the DOT physical. However, some commercial driving companies may require a pre-employment drug screening in addition to the DOT physical.

What are disqualifying conditions for DOT physicals?

Certain health conditions may interfere with your commercial driving eligibility, including:

  • Inner ear disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Narcolepsy
  • Advanced heart disease
  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing loss


Some conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension (high blood pressure), may require additional testing and regular monitoring to pass a DOT exam.

To schedule an appointment for a DOT physical, call Rose Medical Clinic in Chillicothe, Ohio, or request an appointment online today.