DOT Physical FAQs

These are some of the most common DOT Physical FAQs. If you have a question not listed you may use our contact page to submit your question.

Do I need to bring any forms to my DOT Physical?
How long will my DOT Physical take and what is entailed?
How much does a DOT CDL Physical cost?
Do I need an appointment – What is the 100% appointment guarantee?
Will my health care insurance cover my Fort Lauderdale DOT Physical?
I have a Florida Commercial Driver’s License. Am I required to have a medical certificate, and where is the requirement?
I have monocular vision. I live in Ft. Lauderdale and my CDL is restricted to intrastate only. Am I required to have an exemption or waiver?
I drive a tow truck in Ft. Lauderdale. Do I need a CDL? If I do, which vehicle group does it fall under?
Can your office issue my Medical Examiner’s Certificate?

DOT Physical FAQs Fort Lauderdale

Do I need to bring any forms to my DOT Physical?
No.  All forms are provided.  Upon completion of your DOT Physical Examination a Medical Examiner’s Certificate will be issued.  This is commonly referred to as the DOT Medical Card, DOT Card or CDL Medical Card.

How long will my DOT Physical take and what is entailed?
Please allow 35-55 minutes for your physical.  Times vary based on driver age, health and conditions.  We keep wait times to an absolute minimum and the majority of the time drivers have No Waiting.  The physical itself has been described by other commercial drivers as the most thorough physical they have had.   Each major system is checked per DOT regulations. For detailed information CLICK HERE.


How much does a DOT CDL Physical cost?
Prices in Broward County generally range from $95-$195.  We are offering an introductory offer of $79 (cash only)* to drivers who mention they saw the offer on our website.  This is not a driver’s tax, it is a DOT Physical and you should be receiving a DOT-compliant physical, not just a signature on a DOT Card and be sent on your way.  Whereas the waiting time is estimated to be “about an hour” at nearly every South Florida office, we have little to no waiting as we have streamlined our system for drivers.  Our rates are competitive, our service is unmatched.

Do I need an appointment – What is the 100% appointment guarantee?
Though we strongly recommend you reserve your appointment using our 100% appointment guarantee, we always welcome walk-ins.  Our 100% guaranteed appointment requires a $50.00 non-refundable reservation fee that will be applied to the total charge of your DOT physical.  If you do not show up for your appointment time or re-schedule within 48 hours, the deposit is forfeited.  The principle is very simple – we must ensure you value our time as much as we value yours.  We no longer hold an appointment with our physician specifically for drivers that have no vested interest in following through.  If you make a DOT Physical appointment reservation, we guarantee that if your exam has not started within 15 minutes of your guaranteed time, the balance of your exam is FREE – you will not have any additional charges!

Will my health care insurance cover my Fort Lauderdale DOT Physical?
No.  A DOT Physical is considered a “Fitness for Duty” physical.  Even the very best health insurance plans (referred to as “Cadillac Plans”) typically only cover illness and injury-related conditions.  Similarly, camp physicals and school athletic physicals are not covered either.

I have a Florida Commercial Driver’s License.  Am I required to have a medical certificate, and where is the requirement?
If you have a CDL, both Florida statutes and federal laws require that you possess a current medical examiner’s certificate.  The following is a breakdown of what is considered a commercial motor vehicle requiring you to possess a medical certificate:

Interstate drivers:

1. Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight of 10,001 pounds or more ( whichever is greater); or

2. Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; or

3. Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or

4. Is used in transporting hazardous material under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under 49 CFR, subtitle B, chapter I, subchapter C.

I have monocular vision.  I live in Ft. Lauderdale and my CDL is restricted to intrastate only. Am I required to have an exemption or waiver?
Florida is the only state that does not require an exemption for otherwise qualified drivers with vision in one eye.  Additional details will be discussed at during your DOT Physical.  (This material was once posted but a dirtbag in Estero insists on plagiarizing our material and putting it on his website without credit).

I drive a tow truck in Ft. Lauderdale.  Do I need a CDL?  If I do, which vehicle group does it fall under?
Possibly.  Much like landscaping and other construction company vehicles, a tow truck and its towed vehicle are treated the same as any other vehicle (or powered unit) towing a trailer (or non-powered unit).
If the Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of the tow truck and its towed vehicle is 26,001 pounds or more, and the towed vehicle alone exceeds 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), then the driver needs a Group A CDL.

If the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the tow truck alone is 26,001 pounds or more, and the driver either (a) drives the tow truck without a vehicle in tow, or (b) drives the tow truck with a towed vehicle of 10,000 pounds or less Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), then the driver needs a Group B CDL.

If neither of the above apply, and the driver tows a vehicle required to be placarded for hazardous materials on a ‘‘subsequent move,’’ i.e. after the initial movement of the disabled vehicle to the nearest storage or repair facility, then the driver needs a Group C CDL.

Can your office issue my Medical Examiner’s Certificate?
Yes. In May of 2014, all DOT physicals or fitness for duty medical examinations must be conducted by a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Certified Medical Examiner.  We were the first Certified Medical Examiner in Fort Lauderdale as well as all of South Florida.  This is a reflection of our commitment and service to you.

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