Getting you on the road again

Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Card Certification

CDL or DOT physicals can only be done by providers who have completed training and testing to be Certified Medical Examiners. If you are being seen on Saturday or the evening, please call first to make sure the provider(s) on duty will be able to complete your exam. For Annawan Clinic, call 309-935-4100 or Colona Clinic, call 309-949-2999.  New rules are stricter and exams will be more intensive than in the past, so prepare for more detailed questioning.

Certified Medical Examiners are responsible for determining medical fitness for duty, not diagnosing and treating medical conditions. National criteria are in place for who can and cannot drive. If you are disqualified at one facility for a DOT physical, you will not be able to go elsewhere and become certified.

Please print out the clinic DOT checklist and the appropriate forms before your visit if you:

  • have any health conditions
  • take any daily medications
  • have been in the hospital or ER over the last year
  • have had surgery in the last 5 years
  • wear glasses or contacts or use hearing aid(s)

General Information on Drivers and Medication

DOT physical form. Print and complete page one prior to exam.

DOT certificate. Print and bring with to your exam. This is the form that you will need to carry with you at all times when driving for work.

If you have certain conditions listed below, you will need to print these forms and have them completed prior to your visit as well.

Cardiology Conditions: If you have a history of Myocardial Infarction, Heart Attack, Pacemaker, Stents, Angina, Congestive Heart Failure, Irregular Heart Rhythm, Aneurysm, or other Heart Disease print the DOT Cardiology form prior to your visit and have your cardiologist complete and supply any requested information or test results. If you have had an EKG within the last two years, bring a copy of that to your visit. If you need an EKG at the time of your visit; the charge for this is not included in the DOT physical charge.

Diabetes: Print the DOT Diabetes form and have it completed by the physician who manages your diabetes prior to your visit. We will need a copy of your blood sugar log and your most recent (within 6 months) hemoglobin A1C value. Please note, if you are on insulin, you will be required to have evaluations from both an endocrinologist and ophthalmologist after your DOT exam in order to qualify for the Federal Diabetes Exemption program.

Stroke, TIA, Seizure, or Traumatic Brain Injury: Print the DOT Neurology form and have it completed by your neurologist. Please bring any additional requested information to your appointment.

ADD or ADHA (medicated): Print the DOT ADD/ADHD form and have it completed by the provider who is managing your condition prior to your visit. Please bring any additional requested information to your appointment.

Sleep Apnea:  Please bring a letter from the physician managing this condition stating that your condition is stable and does not pose any risk to driving. This must include the date of your last visit and must be current within one year. If you are on CPAP, you must bring in a current use log. You can have the company that manages your CPAP machine prepare this log for you. If you had surgery for correction of Sleep Apnea, you must bring a letter from the surgeon noting the condition is resolved. This should include the date you were last seen by them and your weight at that visit.

Please note this list covers only the most common health conditions. If you have other health problems or recent surgery, you may need additional information. You may call the clinic prior to your visit to see what documentation you will need to have completed prior to your visit. Failure to provide necessary documentation may mean we are not able to certify you for driving at the time you are seen. You may be asked to return at a later date at an additional charge to you. If you fail to pass your exam due to a disqualifying medical condition, you will still be responsible for paying for your DOT physical.