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

     /  November 10, 2015

    It will start with, how long ago were you diagnosed? Do you have your sugar under control? How are you handling the medications and dietary changes? is there sugar in your urine? There is no magic number, but having answers to these questions and a copy of a medical release form from your doctor will be a good start.

  2. I recently found out i had diabetes. Just started taking medication for it. My DOT physical is up forever renewal what would be the sugar reading i need to be at to pass my physical?.. If you can give me the highest number allowed?
    Thanks in advance

  3. Trucker Doc

     /  November 1, 2015

    That will depend on what the conditions were and when your doctor released you.

  4. john

     /  October 31, 2015

    If I had past medical conditions but don’t take meds or see any Dr now would I pass physical unless something comes up during physical

  5. Trucker Doc

     /  October 19, 2015

    Get your condition under control before you try to retake the DOT examination.

  6. Kalag

     /  October 15, 2015

    Hi All. Need some advice in my case. Thanks in advance for any help. I went to renew my DOT physical card 2 months ago and was told that glucose levels in my Urine are very high. So the examiner gave me 3 month valid card with Renal Glycosuria treatment mentioned in the report. Later in the week I went to my primary physician and got complete physical done. Blood sugar levels and everything else was normal, but urine sugar levels were high. My physician recommended diet change and exercise and I have retest next week. My doctor will refer me to kidney specialist if sugar levels came high again in urine. My DOT physical is due for renewal first week of November. So should I just go for DOT to some other MRO but not the last one ? Or should I wait for me to be referred to specialist and prescribed medicine so I can show that I am being treated ?

  7. Trucker Doc

     /  October 5, 2015

    FMCSA regs state that any driver that is taking HBP medication shall be issued a one year card, so that the examiners and primary doctors can monitor you more frequently. It’s a safety issue with a progressive condition.

  8. Jesus

     /  October 4, 2015

    If I am taking medication for high blood pressure, and if go & get my phisical done & my blood pressure is normal,I want to know why I don’t get a two year dot card, because in New Mexico, with one year dot card,they only issue a driver license for one year, thanks

  9. Trucker Doc

     /  September 28, 2015


  10. Do you have to get your blood drawn to pass a DOT physical?

  11. Trucker Doc

     /  August 12, 2015

    Not in and of itself, but you will want to take a medical release form from you primary doctor explaining your medications, their effects and your need for these medications. That will answer most of the CME’s questions before you get started.

  12. Ronnie

     /  August 11, 2015

    Doc, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about 4 years ago. I spoke with DOT back then and told me. I had nothing to worry about since they do physical/movement tests to ensure your mobility. My RA doctor has but me on medicine presdnisone, naproxen and hydroxychloroquine this year and due DOT exam in 2 months. I have no side effects and full mobility. Will this disqualify me?

  13. Trucker Doc

     /  July 6, 2015

    Just have the note and the prescription in hand when the MRO calls to see what medications you are on. You should not have any problems.

  14. Jay

     /  July 6, 2015

    I am prescribed a.d.d medication adderall by a doctor which is Amphetamine I have a prescription and note from my doctor am automatically disqualified for a DOT license because I am required to take a drug test

  15. Trucker Doc

     /  May 27, 2015

    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.

  16. 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

  17. Trucker Doc

     /  May 8, 2015

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. TOM

     /  April 16, 2015


  20. Trucker Doc

     /  March 20, 2015

    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.

  21. 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

  22. Trucker Doc

     /  February 28, 2015

    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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