Article 19 and DOT Physicals for Verified Eligibility

Our doctors are all members of the Department of Transportation (DOT) National Registry. They perform a range of tests and screenings to help you meet your legal qualifications for transportation employment. First Med offers Article 19 and DOT physicals at our Glendale and Flushing, NY, offices. These important checkups will determine whether transportation employees are considered medically fit. Once cleared, they can continue their duties on trains, buses, trucks, and similar large vehicles. At First Med, we know that you already have a busy schedule. That is why we offer timely and efficient physicals so that you can get back on the job as quickly as possible.

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Who Requires DOT and Article 19 Physicals?

Federal law mandates that anyone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) must submit to a DOT physical. This means that truck drivers, bus drivers, and train engineers are all required to have these exams. These reports are valid for two years, after which drivers must undergo a subsequent physical. Additionally, under Article 19A, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles requires all school bus drivers to receive regular physicals. 

What We Will Consider during a Physical

DOT and Article 19 physicals are important for public safety, and will cover a range of health concerns. At the same time, our exams are as quick and efficient as possible. Your physical will consist of:

  • Vision test: To operate a commercial vehicle, you must have at least 20/40 vision with or without corrective lenses. You must also have complete horizontal vision and the ability to distinguish the colors of traffic signals.
  • Hearing test: Though you can still drive a commercial vehicle if you wear hearing aids, you must be able to pass a “forced whisper” test while wearing them. In some cases, you can apply for an exemption to the hearing test requirement.
  • Blood pressure and pulse reading: If you have high blood pressure, you may receive a shorter certification, and you will need to undergo another physical in less than 24 months.
  • Urine test: A urinalysis is an important type of drug screening and alcohol testing. If you fail a drug test, your CDL will almost certainly be revoked.
  • General physical assessment:  Your doctor will conduct a thorough exam and an assessment of your medical history. In particular, we will look for conditions such as a sleep disorder, cardiovascular disease, a neurological dysfunction, arthritis, a muscular problem, a psychological disorder, and obesity. 

If you are cleared to drive, we will submit a copy of your medical report to the Department of Transportation. You will also receive a copy for your records.

We will handle all administrative paperwork so that your clearance runs smoothly and you can return to work without any complications.

Why Choose First Med for Your Physical?

We know that your DOT and Article 19 physicals are vital to your livelihood, and that you want a qualified, thorough, and efficient doctor to perform your tests. At First Med, all of our doctors are members of the DOT National Registry. We are also approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. When you come to us for a physical, you will receive thorough care in a quick and capable manner. We will handle all administrative paperwork so that your clearance runs smoothly and you can return to work without any complications.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Do not let your need for a physical keep you from completing your work. To schedule your DOT or Article 19 physical, contact First Med today