Any commercial driver’s license (CDL) is going to come with some necessary precautions. Things like insurance on vehicles being driven, as well as driving tests, are going to ensure that the car and the driver are both prepared to handle the work ahead. Given how much of the day a commercial driver is on the road, it’s essential to make sure everything is in working order. Even the trucks themselves go through an inspection, and just like the trucks, so too do the drivers. A Department of Transportation physical is required of all commercial drivers. It may have been a while since you’ve had one done, or maybe you’re up for renewal. Here’s the best way to go about renewing a DOT physical to keep up with your CDL.
Renew a DOT Physical
Renewing a DOT physical for your CDL is relatively straightforward. Here are some things to keep in mind ahead of the process.
Walk-ins are Generally Not Allowed
Because a DOT physical is specific to the type of work you’ll be doing, it’s not necessarily something any doctor is just able to handle in a walk-in. For that reason, almost all DOT physicals are by appointment only. This gives the doctor time to prep the paperwork for you, which streamlines the process of getting your CDL. On that note, paperwork can be even more streamlined with a little work ahead of time.
Fill Out Online Pre-Registration
A great way to save time is to pre-register online for the DOT physical. This way, a lot of the work is already done, so you don’t have to worry about sitting in the waiting area and filling out information. It’s a small way to make the process go a lot smoother.
Employer Drug Tests Might Be Required
Make sure ahead of making your appointment that you know whether or not your employer requires a drug test. If they do, it’s essential to make sure you let the medical office know. This way, they can help schedule that for you as well. It’s often a process that occurs in a different part of the medical facility, or at the very least, requires notice.
Transfer of Medical History
If you’re in a new medical group for the job, make sure to have your medical history ready. That’s a big part of the DOT process, so they can determine if you are fit to drive commercial vehicles or not.
If you have any questions or concerns about DOT physicals or a CDL, please contact us at 508.755.4010