DOT Physicals


Department of Transportation physicals are never fun, but when you choose the right examiner to perform your physical, you’ll have a stress-free exam from a practitioner who truly cares about your well-being. We offer DOT physicals to the Greater Quad Cities Area. Here at Newhouse Occupational Health, the needs of the patient are always put first, so if you’re looking for a DOT physical in the Quad Cities Area, you’ve come to the right place. Not only will you get a thorough exam from a Certified Medical Examiner, but you’ll also learn how to make healthier choices for a more balanced life.

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Davenport, IA

Driver Friendly DOT Physicals

DOT Physical Exams

In need of a CDL physical in Davenport, IA?

Dr. Newhouse, NRCME, is our certified medical examiner at Newhouse Occupational Health. He provides quality, efficient service to have you back on the road in no time! Call to schedule your appointment at our convenient office location. We offer hours to fit your busy schedule. 

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Common DOT Questions

Commercial drivers who operate vehicles that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are required to get a DOT physical.

DOT physicals are typically required every two years, but the frequency may vary based on the driver’s health and medical history.

During a DOT physical, a licensed medical examiner will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and conduct tests to assess your vision, hearing, blood pressure, and overall physical health.

Medical conditions that could disqualify you from getting a CDL include high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and certain heart conditions.

No, only licensed medical examiners who are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) can perform DOT physicals.

The length of the exam can vary, but it typically takes around 30 minutes to an hour.

If you fail the DOT physical, you may be required to get treatment for any medical conditions that are disqualifying, and you will not be able to operate a commercial vehicle until you pass the exam.

At Newhouse Occupational Health, we only provide the best service from our certified medical examiner, Dr. Newhouse. Our office location in Davenport, IA and hours are convenient for you and we get you back on the road in no time!

What to Expect During Your DOT Exam

A DOT exam is a simple and hassle-free three-step process that involves taking your medical history, performing the exam, and filling out all the necessary paperwork.

Step One: Medical History
To provide an idea of your general health and family background, you’ll be asked to fill out a brief one-page medical history detailing past illnesses, diseases that run in your family, and your overall health.

Step Two: The Exam
Once you’ve provided your medical history our team will review the information you’ve provided, go over any medical conditions you may have, and perform a basic urinalysis test. As part of the exam, we also:
  • Measure your height and weight
  • Take your blood pressure and pulse
  • Test your range of motion
  • Examine your eyes and ears
  • Check your breathing

Step Three: Paperwork
The final step in the process is the paperwork. Once your medical history and exam are complete, the office will fill out all the necessary paperwork to process the exam results. When you leave the office, you’ll get a copy of the exam to take with you when you get your CDL, and a second copy to give to your company. We’ll also keep a scanned copy of the exam in your file at the office. And after all the paperwork has been processed, you’ll get your very own DOT medical card to keep with you at all times when you’re driving. Note: If you need a copy of the DOT exam faxed to your company, please have the fax number handy.

Tips on Managing Your Blood Pressure

We understand that lots of people don’t like doctors, hospitals, and medical exams and that anticipating your appointment may elevate your blood pressure. But we work with drivers all day, and understand how important it is for you to pass your DOT exam. To help prepare yourself for the appointment, here are things you can do in the days and weeks leading up to your exam:

  • Take your medication every day as prescribed and on schedule
  • If you forget a dose, take it as soon as possible if that’s what your doctor recommends
  • Tell our team if you’ve recently missed a dose so that he can recheck your pressure later on or the following day
  • Reduce your caffeine, nicotine, and sugar consumption
  • Remember that you won’t actually find a single white coat in our clinic!