What does DOT stand for?

Department of Transportation


Who needs a DOT exam?
  • The operator of a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of over 10,001 pounds
  • The operator of a vehicle designed to transport more than 15 people
  • The operator of a vehicle transporting hazardous materials


How often do I need a DOT exam?

A DOT exam is good for a maximum of 2 years if the operator is healthy, is safe to operate a motor vehicle, and meets all requirements of the medical examiner.  However, medical problems such as hypertension and diabetes will decrease this amount of time to a year or sometimes less, depending on the medical problem and physical examination findings.


What can I expect during my exam?

The medical examiner will get a detailed history of any medical problems and medications and then gathers the following information:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Neck circumference
  • Visual acuity
  • Color vision
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Urinalysis for glucose, protein, specific gravity, and blood
  • Hearing
  • Detailed head to toe exam