DOT Medical Card Checklist
To help better prepare for your next DOT medical card, we have provided a checklist for you to follow. This will help ease your mind and get you ready for your next DOT physical with a CRME medical examiner.
- If you’re currently taking medication, gather any and all medical records from your doctor. Include dates you were diagnosed with the disease. Also, include prescriptions you’re currently taking and the dosage.
- If you were previously tested for sleep apnea, collect the medical records from the testing and bring them with you. In order to get your DOT medical card, prior records for sleep apnea are needed.
- If you’re using a CPAP machine, print out the last 30 days of usage reports. It’s best to do this the day before your CDL physical exam.
- Be sure to have the address and phone number of your prescribing doctor. Write it down and bring it with you on the day of your CDL physical exam.
- Get your vision tested ahead of time if you’re unsure about your vision. Make sure your vision meets the criteria to pass with or without lenses.
- Test your blood pressure at home or at a local pharmacy. Make sure your blood pressure is under control on a regular basis.
- Refrain from working out the day before the CDL physical exam.
- Eat plenty of green, leafy vegetables the week before your CDL physical exam.
- If you have high blood pressure, avoid high salt foods, red meat, caffeine, soda, and energy drinks. Avoid nicotine at least 48 hours before the exam. Doing all this may help lower your blood pressure reading.
- If you have high blood pressure, take your medication.
- Avoid any sugary foods and drinks the day of the exam.
- If you’re a diabetic, bring a list of your medication. Also, bring sugar results or A1C results.