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DOT Medical Exams

Updated: May 2, 2023

Sunshine Community Health Center is certified to perform DOT medical exams. DOT is now requiring more information from you, the driver. Appointments will need to be scheduled and forms filled out prior to the scheduled appointment.

Please review the DOT guidelines below that are required for the appointment.

  • Wear comfortable clothing be prepared to undress to a T-shirt and boxers/shorts.

  • If you take daily medications please be sure to take them as usual. In particular blood pressure and diabetes medications. It is recommended you take your medications at least 30 minutes before your appointment.

  • Bring ALL medications, vitamins, herbal and over-the-counter substances that you take to your exam

  • All drivers must bring the hearing aids, glasses, or contacts they use for driving.

  • If you have had any medical procedures since your last certification you will need to bring the records from that specialty clinic. These records will need to be available for review at your medical exam. The best way to do this is to sign a release of information for SCHC to get your records. This process usually takes 10 working days. Examples are endocrinology, surgery, physical therapy, behavioral health, hearing exams, eye exams, and drug and alcohol counseling with verification of the completion of all counseling.

  • If you are enrolled in any of the federal exemption/waiver programs, you must bring that letter to your exam. If you have lost your copy, you can obtain a new letter by calling (703) 448-3094 or by contacting

  • If the driver wants to enroll in any of the exemption programs they should be made aware, this process can take about six months. If accepted they are given a two-year exemption. All exemption program participants are allowed only a one-year medical certificate.

  • Vision exemption requires an annual eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

  • Insulin exemption: If you are a diabetic and you use insulin, you will need to provide records that pertain to your diabetes management for the last five years. The Insulin waiver program ‘grandfathers’ you from 1996.

For more information, please visit the DOT website or contact the following organizations.:

Office of Medical Programs Telephone: (202) 366-4001 E-mail:

Driver Exemption Programs (Diabetes, Vision) Telephone: (703) 448-3094 E-mail:

Medical Review Board (MRB) Telephone: (703) 998-0189, ext. 204

Sunshine Community Health Center

1-907-376-2273 (CARE)

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