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DOT Physical Exams in Chicago, IL

High-Quality and Personalized DOT Physical Exams in Chicago, IL

At Metro Urgent Care, we offer walk-in dot physicals to help you obtain your commercial driver's license (CDL) at your convenience. Looking for a top-quality yet affordable dot physical near you? Stop by Metro Urgent Care in Chicago, IL.

What Are Dot Physical Exams?

What Are Dot Physical Exams?

A DOT physical exam is mandated for commercial motor vehicles or truck drivers in the US to ensure that they are medically, physically, and emotionally fit to drive commercial vehicles safely. Clearing the DOT physical exam is essential to get a CDL. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has set some DOT physical regulations and requires only certified medical examiners to conduct the exam.

At Metro Urgent Care, we have certified and licensed DOT medical examiners who conduct the exam while complying with all the FMCSA guidelines. So, you can be assured you will get a CDL that is current and in accordance with FMCSA’s directions.

Who Falls Under the DOT Drug Testing Program?

Who Falls Under the DOT Drug Testing Program?

A DOT physical exam is necessary for commercial drivers who:

  • Operate a commercial vehicle with a gross weight rating of over 10,000 pounds
  • Transports more than 15 passengers at a time
  • Are paid to operate a commercial vehicle that is designed to carry more than eight passengers
  • Transport hazardous materials that require their vehicle to carry a hazmat placard

What Are the DOT Physical Requirements?

The requirements for clearing the DOT physical exam include the following:


You must have 20/40 sharp-sightedness in each eye with or without corrective lenses or contacts and at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye.

Blood Pressure or Pulse Rate

Your blood pressure should be less than 120/80, and your heartbeat should be between 60 to 100 beats per minute.


You should be able to hear a forced whisper within a five-foot distance or less with or without a hearing aid.


This test is performed to determine whether you have dehydration, diabetes, or any problem in your kidneys, including an infection.

What Are Dot Physical Exams?

Physical Examination

You must clear a physical exam that includes examining your:

  • General appearance
  • Mouth and throat for problems in breathing/swallowing
  • Lungs and chest for impaired respiratory functions
  • Heart, to look for a pacemaker, extra sounds, etc.
  • Eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc.
  • Abdomen and viscera for enlarged liver and muscle weakness
  • Genito-urinary, to detect hernias
  • Neurological system for coordination or speech pattern, impaired equilibrium, and asymmetric deep tendon reflexes
  • Spine and other musculoskeletal systems for limitation of motion, tenderness, etc.
  • Ears for perforated eardrums, scarring of the tympanic membrane, etc.
  • Extremities for impaired limbs
  • Vascular systems for varicose veins, abnormal pulse, carotid, etc.
What Must You Bring to a DOT Medical Exam?

What Must You Bring to a DOT Medical Exam?

Drivers appearing for DOT physicals must bring the following:

  • Their current medications, including its dosage and schedule.
  • A letter from their cardiologist (particularly if they have heart problems) to confirm that they are safe enough to drive.
  • The contact lenses, hearing aids, or glasses that they use.
  • Recent blood sugar readings if they are diabetic.

Get a DOT Physical Test in Chicago, IL

At Metro Urgent Care, we have made DOT physical exams effortless and streamlined for you. Our DOT medical examiners will guide you throughout the exam to help you clear it with ease. With affordable rates and no appointment required, getting your DOT exam has never been easier. So, whether you need a new CDL or to renew your existing one, visit our urgent care and walk-in clinic in Chicago, IL, or schedule an appointment to reserve your spot today.

Glossary List


You’ll need your valid driver’s license, list of current medications, any prescription eyewear or hearing aids, any other waivers or records for any existing condition(s).

It depends on the kind of test that’s performed. Most tests will have your results in 24-48 hours.

The cost of your visit depends on what you are seeing us for and whether you have insurance or not.

Yes, we perform DOT physical examinations as per the FMCSA guidelines.

We are open from Monday-Friday, 7 am-7 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 8 am-2 pm.

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