About Your DOT Medical Exam
Commercial truck drivers are required to have a valid DOT Medical Exam (DOT Physical) every two years (minimum) to fulfill the rules set forth by the Department of Transportation. DOT Medical Exams are important, not only for your safety, but for the safety of other drivers and pedestrians on the road
Even though DOT physicals are required every two years, that doesn’t mean that they need to be a hassle. At True Health NW, we work to make DOT Exams as quick, painless, and clear as possible. If you pass, you’ll be on your way quickly. If there are issues that need to be addressed, you will be given clear instructions about what needs to be done
DOT Exams are provided at True Health NW’s Spokane Valley, WA Clinic, located at 8815 E Mission Ave Suite A. Our certified provider will give you a thorough exam, and will be available for follow-up if any issues need to be addressed With True Health NW, DOT Exams are hassle free. Call to make an appointment!
Specific Medical Conditions
Sleep Apnea – Sleep Apnea is a relatively common condition in which a person stops breathing in their sleep. This can be due to a central nervous system issue, but is most frequently caused by a physical obstruction of the airway. This is most frequently excess fat deposit in overweight individuals, but can also be enlarged tonsils, uvula, tongue, etc. C-pap is a device that helps to move air more effectively into the lungs by increased pressure. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, depending on severity, the FMCSA requires that you provide proof of compliance, using your c-pap at least 4 hours per night for 70% of nights
Hypertension – High blood pressure, greater than 140/90, puts a patient at risk for heart disease, kidney damage, stroke, blood vessel damage, vision loss, and many more issues. If your blood pressure is consistently elevated, it is important that you get this under control. Blood pressure can generally be easily managed with 1-3 medications provided by your primary care provider. If your blood pressure is too high at your DOT exam, you may get a shortened certification and require follow up.
Diabetes – There are 2 types of diabetes. Most common, by far, is type 2. This generally develops through unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices, but there can also be a strong genetic component. If you have diabetes, the FMCSA requires that you have an A1C within the last 3 months of your visit. Depending on availability, these can be performed in office during your exam, with results in 5 minutes. (An extra fee around $30 applies). An A1C over 10% indicates poorly controlled diabetes and may result in disqualification or shortened certification period. Importantly, if you are on insulin, the FMCSA requires that you provide a form 5870 filled out by the provider managing your insulin.
About DOT Exams
- Required for all Commercial Drivers
- Required every two years (minimum)
- Required to be performed by DOT Certified Providers
- Drivers are required to have a valid medical card
- Drivers are required to provide a copy of their Medical Certificate to the Department of Licensing
- DOT Exams typically take less than 30 minutes
Make an appointment with True Health NW by using the form below, or by calling us at 509-402-2880 (or 208-699-9626). DOT Exams are performed by our certified providers. We offer flexible scheduling and work to make times as convenient as possible. True Health NW is located in Spokane Valley, WA at 8815 E Mission Ave Suite A. Our primary days of Service are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but please inquire if you need a different day for your exam.
What You Need for Your DOT Exam (DOT Physical) Appointment:
- Contact information for your Primary Care Provider (as well as other doctors you currently see)
- A list of your current prescriptions
- Dates/Locations of past injuries & surgeries
About True Health NW
True Health is a local, Spokane Valley, WA clinic providing health and wellness care to complex patients as well as basic medical screenings for workers/drivers. Peter Glanville PA-C is the owner and sole provider at this time with True Health NW. He has extensive training in health and wellness with experience in family practice and alternative medicine. He is also one of only a few indepedent FMCSA certified medical examiners. He spent most of his earlier years starting and running a cabinet shop and then returning to school in 2010 to pursue a career in the medical field.
Peter is keenly aware of the physical and mental demands on owner-operators and commercial drivers in general. He works to keep exams simple and straightforward to get you in and out of the office efficiently.
ON SITE Exams
Yes, we can perform on-site exams in and around Spokane! Depending on numbers (generally 5 driver minimum), we can come to you and perform complete CDL exams. We simply need a small private space and access to a bathroom for urine testing. Call or email to inquire
If you have need for consortium, compliance, random drug testing, or other testing needs, we have a great working relationship with Spokane Testing Solutions, near downtown Spokane.
Please message us with any questions!
Contact Us for Your DOT Medical Exam in Spokane, WA
Our clinic is conveniently located just off of I90 and Argonne, in Spokane Valley, WA. To come see us or schedule an appointment, please use the information below
Address: 8815 E Mission Ave Suite A
Spokane Valley, WA 99212
Office Phone: 509-402-2880
DOT Exam Hours: 8:30a – 5:00p M-F