If you want to get a commercial driver’s license, you need a certified medical examiner to perform your required physical exam. The providers at Midwest Regional Health Services in Omaha, Nebraska, are qualified to perform your DOT physical. To schedule your exam, call the office or use the online booking system.
Every person who wants to obtain or renew a commercial drivers license (CDL) must have a US Department of Transportation (DOT) physical that’s performed by a certified medical examiner like Dr. Shinaut.
After Dr. Shinaut finishes your DOT exam, he completes your medical examiner’s certificate to verify you’re capable of driving a commercial vehicle, and you’re on the way to getting your CDL.
The DOT certification is valid for two years for most drivers. In some cases, however, you may receive a CDL that expires sooner if you have a chronic health condition that Dr. Shinaut wants to monitor.
Your DOT physical is just like getting an annual physical, but it’s more focused on issues that can affect driving a commercial vehicle. Dr. Shinaut pays close attention to potential concerns such as seizures, respiratory illnesses, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and digestive problems.
Dr. Shinaut also evaluates problems that might affect your ability to sit during long drives. For example, he examines your muscles, nerves, and back, and screens for obstructive sleep apnea. You also have vision and hearing tests, and submit a sample for a urinalysis.
Most health problems will not stop you from qualifying for a CDL. If you have an existing health condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it’s generally not a problem as long as it’s controlled with or without medication.
If you have a history of cardiovascular problems, you need to pass an annual stress test and get a letter from your primary care physician verifying you’re cleared to drive.
If you have a disqualifying problem, you may be able to apply for an exemption or take additional tests to show the condition won’t be a problem. For example, you can take a skill performance evaluation to show that physical problems with your hands, arms, legs, or feet won’t affect your ability to drive.
Health conditions that may prevent you from getting a CDL include congestive heart failure, alcoholism, the use of illegal drugs, and the use of prescription drugs that affect your ability to drive.
To schedule a DOT physical, call Midwest Regional Health Services or book an appointment online.