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DOT/CDL Physicals

RWJBarnabas Health is pleased to offer Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals for a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) through our Corporate Care locations for commercial drivers. All commercial drivers must undergo a comprehensive physical examination by a certified medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). At RWJBarnabas Health, our clinicians have completed specialized training and successfully passed the required test on physical qualification standards to be listed on the NRCME.

If you need to obtain or renew your CDL, our experienced health care professionals can provide the necessary DOT physical examination. Whether you require an initial CDL certification or a recertification, we have you covered. Our convenient Corporate Care locations make scheduling your DOT/CDL physical examination easy.

Don't risk your commercial driving privileges. Trust RWJBarnabas Health Employee and Occupational Health services to ensure you meet the regulatory requirements for your CDL. Schedule your appointment today and let our certified medical examiners provide the comprehensive evaluation you need to stay on the road safely and legally.

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What Is a DOT Physical?

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a mandatory health examination required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to ensure that commercial motor vehicle drivers are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a commercial vehicle safely. This comprehensive exam helps prevent accidents and injuries by verifying that drivers meet specific health and safety standards. Obtaining or renewing a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) necessitates passing this exam, conducted by a certified medical examiner (CME), to confirm that drivers can perform their demanding jobs without posing a risk to themselves or others on the road.

How to Prepare for a DOT Physical

For your DOT physical or CDL medical exam:

  • Bring a complete list of your medications, including dosages, and a detailed medical history covering any past surgeries, medical conditions, and current treatments.
  • Bring corrective lenses or hearing aids if you use them.
  • Stay well hydrated and avoid caffeine and tobacco before the exam to ensure accurate readings.
  • Bring your current valid driver’s license and any necessary corrective eyewear.
  • Bring a completed Examination Report Form MCSA-5876, if possible.

What to Expect

  • Vision test. Ensure you have at least 20/40 vision in each eye with or without corrective lenses and can distinguish the colors of traffic signals.
  • Hearing test. Verify your ability to hear a forced whisper from at least 5 feet away, with or without a hearing aid.
  • Blood pressure and pulse. Your blood pressure and pulse will be checked to ensure they are within a normal range.
  • Urinalysis. Conducted to check for underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.
  • Physical examination. The examiner will check your eyes, ears, mouth, throat, heart, lungs, abdomen, extremities, and nervous system for abnormalities. This includes a neurological exam and a hernia check.
  • Mental and emotional health. Evaluating your mental and emotional fitness to handle commercial vehicle demands.

After the Physical

If you pass the exam, you will receive a Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876, valid for up to 24 months. A certificate with a shorter validity period may be issued if certain medical conditions are identified. The Medical Examiner will keep a copy of your certificate on file for at least 3 years. All interstate CMV drivers must undergo a physical examination at least every 2 years, though the examiner may require more frequent exams if needed (e.g., annually or every 6 months).

As of May 21, 2014, all commercial drivers whose medical certificates expire must be examined by a Certified Medical Examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The Medical Examiner will determine if you meet the physical qualification standards to drive a commercial motor vehicle.

All our clinics have certified clinicians and are listed on the DOT NRCME.

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To schedule your DOT physical exam at RWJBarnabas Health, view our Corporate Care locations and request an appointment today.

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1005 North Washington Avenue
Green Brook, NJ 08812
(732) 968-8900
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care - Lakewood
1195 Route 70, Suite 1000
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 942-5851
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care - Jersey City
414 Grand Street
Suite 17
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2750
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care – Belleville
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2523
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care – Elizabeth
240 Williamson Street
Suite 202
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
(908) 994-5368
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care – Hamilton
2 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 631-6830
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care – Long Branch
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-6745
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care – New Brunswick
181 Somerset Street
3rd Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 937-8714
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care – Newark
365 Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7224
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care – Somerville
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2838
RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care – West Orange
101 Old Short Hills Road
Suite 415
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 322-6450

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