DOT Physical Exam in Plano, Texas
Dr. Isaac Z. Pugach, M.D. performs DOT physical exams for commercial drivers in the Plano/Richardson area. Dr. Pugach is a CME (Certified Medical Examiner) credentialed by FMCSA to perform CDL medical examinations. After the exam, if medically qualified, the driver receives a medical certificate which is entered in the federal database.
In the past, any licensed physician could issue the DOT medical certificate, but starting in 2014, certificates can only be issued by medical examiners that have completed mandatory training and have passed an examination to verify that they have thorough knowledge of medical requirements for CDL drivers. Our physicians are appropriately credentialed by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners to issue CDL medical certificates for CDL license holders.
The DOT physical exam includes review of applicant's medical history, a general medical examination, urinalysis for blood, protein and sugar, and testing of vision and hearing. If all of the Department of Transportation requirements are met, then the driver receives a medical certificate, which can be valid up to a maximum of 2 years.
Drug and alcohol testing is not a part of the DOT physical (although employers sometimes request it).
Call our office at 972-792-7777 to schedule a DOT physical examination or if you any questions about it. We are located in Plano, near Richardson. Other areas that are close to us include Allen, North Dallas, Allen, McKinney, Garland, and North DFW.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What do I need to bring to the DOT physical?
If you do not take medications and have no medical conditions, you only need to bring driver license, ID or a passport (you need to know your driver license number if using passport for identification). Wear your glasses and hearing aids, if you have them. If you have medical conditions, you need to know your medications and medical conditions (or write them down to remember them), and take your medications as prescribed. Some conditions require close monitoring (such as diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, and others), in which case you will need to print/upload/email us out certain medical records, forms, and test results - call our office for more details.
Can I get a DOT medical card without a driver license card?
Yes, as long as you have a valid government ID or a passport, and you know your driver license number.
How can I pass DOT physical with high blood pressure?
Take all your medications as prescribed. If you have run out of meds, please call your regular doctor to get a temporary refill before your DOT exam. To avoid a falsely elevated blood pressure reading, do not smoke or consume caffeine products for at least 3 hours prior to exam, make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep the night before your physical, and avoid excessive alcohol a few days before the examination.
What to bring and what to expect:
• We will send you a registration form and a MCSA-5875 form prior to your exam
• The DOT physicals are by appointment, and will normally take about 10-15 minutes for most drivers
• Bring a government picture ID, such as a driver's license, ID card, or a passport
• Drug and alcohol testing is not part of the DOT medical exam - but some employers may ask this from the driver
• The cost of the DOT physical is $100 (10/12/2022)
Dr. Isaac Z. Pugach, M.D.
Pure Spring Medical
660 N Central Expy, Ste 640
Plano, Texas 75074