Tips For DOT Physical

At Chiro Stop we do
DOT Physical Exams and
DOT Drug Alcohol Testing.

Quick, accurate, and hassle free.

No appointment necessary. Walk-ins are welcome, or
call 801-972-2332 to guarantee a time that works for you.

Parking for 135 trucks at Sapp Bros. I 80 Truck Stop, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


DOT Doctor

Your DOT doctor at Sapp Bros. truck stop is Dr. Kenn Seals. Most drivers just call him “Doc”.

He’s been here at Sapp Bros. truck stop, in Salt Lake City,  working with commercial drivers for more than ten years so he understands the importance of you passing your DOT physical exam for your CDL.

Our goal at Chiro Stop is twofold: To support you in protecting your livelihood, and to help you with improved lifestyle choices for your health and for your life.

We do our best to help you prepare for your DOT physical exam and make your CDL medical certification as hassle free as possible.


DOT Physical Exam: Things to Plan in Advance:

If you have a medical condition you’re going to need some paperwork:

  • Diabetic Condition – Bring a list of medications and name of  prescribing doctor.
  • High Blood Pressure – Bring a list of medications and name of prescribing doctor.
  • Heart Condition – If you’ve had a heart attack or cardiovascular disease, you’ll need to bring a copy of your last stress test.
  • Sleep Apnea – Bring a copy of your latest sleep test results, if you have one.
  • Medications – List all the prescription medicines you take, including strength and dosage. If you regularly take over-the counter medications, such as antacids or allergy pills, list them, too.
  • Contact information – Have names and phone numbers of your doctors in case you need to call and have them fax missing information.


DOT Physical Exam: Things To Do to Manage Your Blood Pressure:

  • Make sure you don’t run out of your prescribed blood-pressure medication.
  • Remember to take your  medication on schedule. If you forget, most doctors recommend taking your medication as soon as possible.
  • If you’re significantly late taking your medication, tell the doctor conducting the DOT physical you forgot to take your regular medication. If your blood pressure is too high, ask to have it rechecked later that day – or even the following day.
  • Cutting back on caffeine and nicotine can help improve your blood pressure.
  • Reducing the amount of salty foods you eat and avoiding adding salt to your food can also help to lower your blood pressure.
  • The week before your DOT physical exam, cut back on coffee, sodas, energy drinks, potato chops, etc, and don’t add salt to your food. Also reduce your use of nicotine as much as possible. Doing this can help lower your blood pressure reading.


The Day of the DOT Physical Exam:

  • Remember to bring the medical records you’ve prepared in advance, including your list of medications.
  • Remember to bring eye glasses (it’s surprising how many people forget this).
  • Drink water. Come with a need to pee.


Getting Past ‘White Coat’ Syndrome:

  • First off, we understand that this is a very real concern for some drivers.
  • Secondly, we work with drivers all day long. We understand that passing your DOT physical exam is important to your continued career and your livelihood, and we’re here to do everything we can to help you.
  • Lastly, we work in a truck stop and you won’t find a white coat in our facility.


Frequently Asked Questions:

CDL and Health Related Articles:

High Blood Pressure: Commercial Driver Risk?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Commercial Driver Risk?


Questions or Comments:

If you have a question about the DOT physical requirements, please leave it in the space below. Doctor Kenn will answer it as soon as possible. Visit this web page again soon to see our response. Your comments are also welcome.

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  1. Trucker Doc

     /  May 27, 2015

    @Sherrie
    Some of these medications are going to raise questions. Your best bet is to have your prescribing doctor fill out a medical release form for you before you go for your examination. Your PCP should explain each medication, it’s dosage and it’s need.
    This will answer most of the questions that the CME will have and you have it all up front before you get there.

  2. Sherrie

     /  May 27, 2015

    i am currently on some medication that i am not sure if it is ok to take and pass my DOT physical.
    my question is see medication list and let me know if any of these would keep me from passing the physical.
    cyclobenzaprine 10mg PRN
    busiprone 10mg prn
    clonazepam 0.5 mg prn
    trazadon. 25mg at night when needed
    metphormin. mg?
    farxiga mg?
    lucinipril 10MG 2 x’s daily
    would any of these keep me from passing the physical?
    my Regular physician did not know she does not do DOT
    would any of these keep me from passing

  3. Trucker Doc

     /  May 8, 2015

    @Chris
    Like so many things in the FMCSA guidelines, methadone is seen as a heroine replacement medication.
    So if you feel that your properly prescribed medication is what you need, then have your prescribing medical doctor fill out a medical release form for you and take it with you when you go for your next DOT examination. If your primary care physician feels that there is nothing else that will work, then he will need to explain himself to the DOT examiner and assume part of the safety risk. And as far as other medications that drivers take that are considered, by you, to be worse, they have to go through the same exact process.

  4. chris

     /  April 30, 2015

    what test does dot use to check for methadone and why is it not allowed I know truckers that are on worse medication and still drive.

  5. TOM

     /  April 16, 2015

    CAN DOCTORS SEE IF YOU HAVE HAD A DOT PHYSICAL SOMEWHERE ELSE OR IF YOU ARE ON A MEDICATION ?

  6. Trucker Doc

     /  March 20, 2015

    @Josh
    There is no drug testing during the DOT physical. The urine test done during the examination is to determine proper kidney function.
    Drug testing is done separately from a DOT physical, and is an employer responsibility to get done.

  7. josh

     /  March 15, 2015

    I have to renew my Cdl health card and take the physical. I am not driving for a company or driving at all right now but want to keep it current to keep my options open. Will they give me a drug test when I go for the physical ? Please respond soon because I have to have it done before April 2, 2015

  8. Trucker Doc

     /  February 28, 2015

    @John
    Best bet is to get a medical release form completed by your doctor stating that he has taken you off your medications, because you don’t need them anymore.
    The CME should ask if you are taking any over the counter micro-nutrients. Tell him what your taking and why. Should be good to go after that.

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