WE do not offer physicals at this time
Thrive Health Systems offer Department of Transportation physicals, aka DOT Physicals in Colorado Springs. If your employer is mandating you get a DOT physical, call us at 719.476.0873 today to schedule your 30-45 minute DOT physical.
A successful DOT physical means you receive a Commercial Motor Vehicle Certification.
A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months, according to the DOT physical overseeing organization, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner's certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.
Who needs a DOT physical?
The Department of Transportation requires all Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holders to receive periodic physical examinations, officially called a “Department of Transportation Medical Examination.” The test is to ensure the ability of the driver to safely operate a commercial vehicle.
exam requirements of the dot physical:
You must have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction (eyeglasses or contacts) and at least 70 degrees of peripheral vision on the horizontal meridian in each eye.
You must also be able to recognize and distinguish standard traffic signal colors: red, green, and amber.
You must perceive a forced whisper voice at 5 feet or more with or without hearing aid. Otherwise, you must undergo a formal hearing test with an audiometer and pass.
Your blood pressure must be less than or equal to 140/90 to be qualified as a driver. If your blood pressure is more than 140/90 but less than 180/110, you may qualify for a shorter interval Medical Examination Certificate. This depends on several things, including if this is an initial or re-certification and also on the discretion of the HealthCARE Express medical examiner.
Potential Disqualifying Medical Conditions:
1. History of epilepsy (seizure disorder).
2. Diabetes requiring the use of insulin (unless you have an exemption issued by the Federal government).
3. Failing to meet the minimum vision and hearing standards listed above.
If you don’t meet the vision standards or you are using insulin for your diabetes, it is possible to apply for an exemption by going to the Federal Diabetes and Vision Exemption Program on the FMCSA website.
4. The use of some medications:
-Methadone use automatically disqualifies you.
-Use of a narcotic, amphetamine, or other habit forming drug without a prescription from a treating physician automatically disqualifies you.
5. Loss or impairment of an arm or limb that interferes with commercial driving or tasks related to driving, unless accompanied by a Skills Performance Certificate (SPE).
6. A history of alcoholism disqualifies you.
DOT physical exemptions
There are DOT physical exemptions for diabetes and vision, and more information can be obtained for these at the FMCSA website.
If you are in need of a DOT Physical in Colorado Springs, call us at 719.476.0873, or simply submit your name, email and phone number in the Contact Us section below.