DOT Medical Exam and Commercial Motor Vehicle Certification

If you are looking to obtain or renew your CDL in or around Riverside, CA, Dr. Shaida Moshrefi offers DOT exams at the Chiropractic Wellness Center.

Chiropractic DOT Exams

A DOT exam is one step in the process of obtaining a CDL and is required to maintain it. In the guide below, Dr. Shaida of Chiropractic Wellness Center in Riverside, CA, answers some of the most common questions about DOT exams and how to schedule one.

Why Are DOT Exams Required?

If your job requires a CDL, it means that you are going to be responsible for transporting people or items in a commercial vehicle. These vehicles are larger, heavier, and different from the average vehicle for an individual or family. The DOT wants to ensure that you are healthy enough to operate such a vehicle to significantly reduce the chance of harming yourself, your passengers, or the other drivers and passengers on the road.

Who Can Perform a DOT Exam?

Anyone who is registered as a medical examiner by the National Registry of Certified Examiners (NRCME). This includes physicians, chiropractors, and more.

What Can I Expect During My Exam?

A DOT exam is a comprehensive health check. The examiner will check your vision and your hearing. If you use eyeglasses or a hearing aid, be sure to bring them to your exam. They’ll also check your heart rate, blood pressure, throat, mouth, chest and lungs, abdomen, spine, eyes, range of motion, and balance and coordination. Additionally, they’ll take a look at your general appearance for any signs of potential health complications. A urine sample and other tests might be performed if deemed necessary.

How Often Will I Need One?

The answer to this question depends on the results of your exam. If everything is healthy and normal, you’ll likely receive a medical certificate that is valid for 24 months. However, if there are any signs of current or potential complications, the certificate might be issued for less than 24 months so that you can be monitored.

What Happens If I Fail?

It depends on the reason for the failure. If it is due to something that can be corrected, such as your vision, you can take another exam after receiving corrective lenses. If you fail, ask your examiner for more information about how you can correct the issue and if it can be managed.

If you’re ready to hit the road, visit Dr. Shaida at the Chiropractic Wellness Center for DOT exams in Riverside, CA. Call (951) 222-2002 to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Shaida Moshrefi is DOT-certified through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association, so you can rest assured that your DOT exam here will be “legit and official. 

For your appointment, please bring your Driver’s license, current certificate, hearing aids and/or glasses if you wear them to drive, and any exemptions(s) you may have.

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