What a DOT or DMV Exam Entails

If you drive for your job, it’s important to make sure you’re in good health.

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a special type of license that’s required if you drive large, heavy vehicles or vehicles that carry 16 or more people. While specific requirements vary by state, if you drive for your job, you need a CDL to perform your work.

To get your CDL, you must complete additional training and pass a physical examination to make sure you’re knowledgeable and healthy enough to operate large vehicles safely. Often called DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) exams or DOT (Department of Transportation) exams, these physicals are a routine part of the CDL process. 

Ravinderjit Singh, MD, and the team at Singh Family Medical Clinic are happy to offer comprehensive DMV exams for people in the Bakersfield, California, community. Here’s how to prepare for your exam and what to expect when you come into the office.

Review of your medical history

Every DOT physical begins with a discussion about your medical history, existing conditions, and any concerns you might have about your health. Be prepared to answer questions about medications you’re taking as well as your lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and smoking habits.

It helps Dr. Singh if you to bring in copies of your medical records when you come for your DOT exam. These give her a clearer picture of your health and what conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, may impact your ability to drive commercial vehicles.

Physical exam

Dr. Singh performs a variety of tests to evaluate your physical health. Often, she begins by checking your vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate. 

The physical exam evaluates nearly every aspect of physical health, including:

This evaluation is a crucial part of your DMV exam. The tests are designed to make sure you can safely drive a commercial vehicle and respond quickly to your surroundings while on the road.

Blood test

With a blood test, Dr. Singh screens for high cholesterol and other health conditions. In some cases, you might be required to fast before your blood test, so be sure to check with the office staff before your exam appointment. 

Drug test

As a part of your DOT exam, a urinalysis determines whether you use habit-forming drugs. The test can also identify the presence of proteins in the urine that can signal diabetes.

DMV exams are an important part of getting a CDL. Passing your exam ensures that you’re capable of driving a commercial vehicle on the roads without putting yourself or others at risk. Even after you obtain your CDL, you can expect to get these exams regularly to ensure you’re staying healthy enough to drive commercially. 


To book your DMV physical, give us a call or request an appointment online today.

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