DMV Physicals (DOT Physical Exams) in Palmdale & Encino

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Dr. Katayoun Motlagh offers DMV / DOT physical exams for commercial drivers at her Palmdale and Encino, CA practice. Learn more below, or book an appointment with our certified DOT medical examiner today using the form on this page.

What is a DMV physical for DOT?

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) must obtain from anyone who is applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) a particular and specific medical examination, which requires the completion of state and federal forms to provide medical clearance for CDL drivers. Medical clearance must also be obtained for a person starting the process with a commercial learner’s permit (CLP).

Dr. Katayoun Motlagh has certification in the State of California to perform these DMV physicals and complete the required paperwork.

Why is a DMV / DOT physical exam performed?

California, like every state, requires special DMV physical examinations and certification clearance for certain types of commercial vehicle drivers. Some states require taxi and limousine drivers to have a CDL. A CDL must also be obtained and carried by truck drivers (where the gross vehicle rate or gross combination weight is up to a certain limit), bus/van drivers (up to a certain capacity of passengers), and any vehicle used to transport hazardous materials.

Anyone considering getting a commercial driver’s license should know the conditions under which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations would disqualify a person based on his or her history. According to these laws, physical qualifications for drivers does not allow the issuance of a CDL if that person has now, or has had certain health conditions that would impair their ability to drive a vehicle, including:

  • Loss of a foot, leg, hand or arm
  • Impairment of a hand or finger, arm, foot, or leg, or any other significant limb defect or limitation
  • A medical history of diabetes requiring insulin
  • A clinical designation of many types of heart diseases and conditions
  • A condition of respiratory dysfunction
  • A clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure
  • A medical history of arthritic, orthopedic, rheumatic, muscular, neuromuscular or vascular disease
  • A mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease or psychiatric disorder
  • Certain visual problems possibly with or without corrective lenses, including color blindness
  • A hearing problem possibly with or without a hearing aid
  • A history of controlled substance or drug use or diagnosed alcoholism

What does a DMV / DOT physical exam involve?

As a certified provider of DMV physical exams for DOT in the State of California, Dr. Motlagh will perform a thorough examination and submit certain samples for laboratory work, plus complete the necessary documentation forms required by both the state and the federal government. The last step of the process involves Dr. Motlagh signing and submitting the forms both to the state and to the federal government, along with her own assessment.

The DMV physical exam includes two parts, to be completed separately by the patient and the medical examiner.

Patient To Complete:

  • Personal information: name, address, contact information, etc.
  • Driver health history: surgeries, medications, etc.
  • Detailed history: 32 questions about your own health history and conditions you have had

Dr. Motlagh To Complete:

Health History Review

The DMV health history review will include:

  • Reviewing all elements of health history that may affect driving
  • Reviewing all available medical records

DMV / DOT Physical Exam & Testing

The DMV physical exam and testing will involve:

  • Performing a thorough physical examination
  • Testing blood pressure
  • Testing vision/visual acuity
  • Testing hearing, including whisper and audiometric tests
  • A urinalysis
  • Evaluating the entire body system, including skin, eyes, ears, mouth, heart, chest, abdomen, genito-urinary system (hernias), back/spine, extremities, joints, neurological (including reflexes), extremities/joints, gait, vascular system

After the DMV exam and personal interview, Dr. Motlagh will specify one of the following classifications for the individual applying, based on the questions asked on the form:

  • Does not meet standards
  • Meets standards
  • Meets standards, but periodic monitoring required
  • Determination pending
  • Incomplete examination

In the event that Dr. Motlagh recommends periodic monitoring, she must also determine how often that must take place.

If you are interested in learning more about DOT/DMV physical exams with Dr. Katayoun Motlagh, contact our office in Palmdale or Encino today or schedule an appointment by filling out the appointment request form right on this page.

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