It is mandatory under federal guidelines for Commercial Driving License (CDL) applicants to pass DOT or Department of Transportation health exam. The Charlotte DOT exam aims to check the physical and mental capability of a commercial driver. Along with a physical examination, a written and road skill test is also mandatory.
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Check List For DOT Physical Exam Charlotte North Carolina:
• Physical disability if any.
• Diabetic status whether on insulin or oral drugs.
• Latest Cardiovascular status with no fresh symptoms related to heart disease.
• No medical history of respiratory dysfunction.
• No established medical history on muscular or vascular diseases.
• No clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or related disorders.
• No mental or psychiatric disorder.
• Visual acuity within prescribed limits.
• Extent of hearing disability confirmed by audiometric and other tests.
• No current clinical diagnosis of alcoholism.
• No addiction to amphetamine, a narcotic, or other habit-forming drugs.
TIPS FOR PASSING YOUR DOT EXAMINATION:
If you are diabetic, please bring a list of all your medications and your blood sugar or hemoglobin A1C1 results.
**UPDATE REGARDING INSULIN-TREATED DIABETES MELLITUS (ITDM)**
Effective November 19, 2018 ITDM patients will no longer be required to apply for the waiver program. Please down load MCSA-5870, have your treating physician fill out the form PRIOR to your evaluation and bring the COMPLETED form to your evaluation. Under the new rules, you may be eligible for a certificate up to 12 months.
The original article can be found on the FMSCA website.
if you have had a heart attack or have any cardiovascular disease, please bring a copy of your most recent stress test AND a list of all your medications.
High blood pressure:
Please bring a list of all medications and the prescribing doctor’s name and telephone number. Please make sure that you take your medication on a regular basis and cut back on caffeine, salt, soda and nicotine intake prior to your exam.
If you suffer from sleep apnea or use a CPAP machine, please bring a copy of your latest sleep study and the print out from your CPAP machine demonstrating 70% compliance.
Please bring a list of all medications and the prescribing doctor’s name and telephone number.
If you wear glasses for any reason, please bring those along to the exam.
To help minimize your time on our office, please download and fill out this DOT exam form which you can find here. If you cannot download it, we have copies in the office, please arrive 15 minutes earlier to fill out the paper work.
Medications Requiring Limited Certification (one year or less):
- Warfarin (cardiovascular disease)
- Antidepressants: Pristiq, Cymbalta, Effexor, Effexor XR, Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem, Paxil, Paxil CR, Zoloft
- Antipsychotics: Abilify, Abilify Discmelt, Saphris, Zyprexa, Zyprexa Zydis, Seroquel, Seroquel XR, Risperdal, Risperdal M-Tabs, Geodon, Symbyax, Nardil, ESAM, Parnate
Note: The medications listed above require a safety letter from the driver’s Primary Medical Provider indicating the prescribed medication is tolerated and no side effects interfere with driving a commercial motor vehicle.
If you are taking any of the following prescription medications, bring the actual prescription bottles with you to your DOT exam: Ambien (zolpidem), anxiolytics such as Alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax, and pain medications such as hydrocodone/APAP, Vicodin, gabapentin, tramadol, or oxycodone. These medications will require the prescribing physician to sign off on the medication and you can download the form here PRIOR to your visit and bring the completed form to your exam so there will be no delay in obtaining your DOT health card.
• Same day appointments
• No waiting
• 20 minute exam after paperwork
• Drug Testing
• Breath Alcohol Testing
• Laminated Medical Card
Once you have completed your DOT physical, you will find instructions on how to submit your DOT physical to the North Carolina DMV.
Call and make your appointment 704-541-7111 and avoid the wait!
DOT and non-DOT exams are: $60.00.
DOT and non-DOT drug screens cost: $80.00.
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