Call Us: (815) 469-7472
Call Us: (815) 469-7472

DOT Medical Exams

Is it time to renew your DOT/CDL Medical Certificate?

For certain driving occupations, like commercial driving, a DOT physical exam is necessary every 2 years to ensure you are capable of safely operating the vehicle.
At Holistic Health & Chiropractic of Frankfort, we offer same day or next day appointments for your physical with Dr. Heyer, a DOT Certified Medical Examiner, to ensure your license stays up to date!
To get you back on the road & moving on with your day, Dr. Heyer will have you in and out of the office within an hour!

What to Expect

The exam will consist of:
  • Blood Pressure Measurements
  • Body Measurements (Height, Weight, BMI)
  • Hearing Check
  • Vision/Color Vision Check
  • Urinalysis
  • Medication Check
  • Fill out forms ahead of time. We will send you a link to “pre-fill” out the required paperwork.
  • Make sure you have all documentation you need
  • Healthy Eating! Cutting down on caffeine, salt, & sugar are recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle & prepare for the DOT physical exam
  • Hydrate! You will be asked to leave a urine sample for general health, not drug testing.
We do not provide in house drug & alcohol testing.

What to Bring with You

Please bring the following if they apply to you:
  • Glasses or contacts you normally wear while driving
  • Hearing aids
  • List of current medications/supplements
  • Any records of medical conditions
  • Males: bring a pair of athletic shorts with you to wear for the exam.
  • Females: bring a pair of athletic shorts with you and a sports bra to wear for the exam.
You’re probably saying “But doc, I have headaches that everyone else has. Aren’t they common?”

How to Prepare

What About Pre-Existing Medical Conditions?
Since you are operating such a large vehicle, safety is important. Some medications may interfere with that safety and disqualify you from obtaining your medical card. If you are on any medications that may interfere, if your Primary Care Provider is able to provide a letter stating the medication will not affect your ability to drive, you may still be able to receive your medical card. If you have any of the following medical conditions, documentation must be brought with you or submitted before your exam. Missing documents may impact your clearance.
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • History of Alcohol/Substance Abuse/Rehabilitation
  • Medical Conditions treated with Coumadin or Warfarin
  • For example, Atrial fibrillation
If you have been diagnosed with a health condition and need forms from your PCP filled out, please have those done BEFORE coming to your exam. (i.e. diabetes mellitus form MCSA 5870, Vision Evaluation Report form MCSA 5871, Obstructive Sleep Apnea log 30 days, etc.)

How Long will My DOT Medical Card be Valid?

Regulations allow for medical cards can be issued for a maximum of 24 months. Shorter cards may be issued based on the Medical Examiner’s evaluation of your specific health conditions. This may be to allow time for you to bring documentation to from your Primary Care Provider or a treating specialist. A new DOT exam is always required to issue a new medical certificate, regardless of its duration.
In some cases, the Medical Examiner may place your exam in official Pending Status. This basically pauses your exam for up to 45 days for you to return with health documentation. Pending status does not issue a medical certificate. You must return to the same clinic to complete your exam.
The cost of the DOT physical exam at Holistic Health & Chiropractic of Frankfort is $100 and can be scheduled by calling the office at (815) 469-7472.
*Dr. Heyer is a DOT Certified Medical Examiner by National Registry number 2857024562