Question In Regards To DOT Physical

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Christian F.'s Comment
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Good evening, quick question... went to get my DOT physical done today and the examiner told me that she would give me a 6 month card due to she wants a Sleep study done. If I go to a company and they do the physical again (seems they all say they are doing it first day) if I pass the company physical does it supersede the physical I just had done?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Mike D.'s Comment
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Good evening, quick question... went to get my DOT physical done today and the examiner told me that she would give me a 6 month card due to she wants a Sleep study done. If I go to a company and they do the physical again (seems they all say they are doing it first day) if I pass the company physical does it supersede the physical I just had done?

Probably will want you to take the study too if you meet the threshold criteria as outlined by the D.O.T. In my opinion only.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Yes the new physical you have will override the 6 month card you already have. Your medical card would be for however long they grant it for. However i believe the form you fill out asks if you've ever had a card issued for under 2 years so you'd probably need to answer about why you havent done sleep test yet. Not sure how they'd handle the medical card unless you provide results of sleep test indicating you do not have sleep apnea , or show compliance with CPAP. Personally I'd just get a sleep test done. I'd actually went to my primary doctor a week ago and requested he send me for one. I fit the criteria the DOT looks for and i feel i may have it, not only will it improve my (and everyone around me) safety, and quality of life, i may as well get ahead of it before being given a 3 month card and scramble to get it taken care of later on.

Sleep apnea is quite serious. Not sure if your intention is trying to avoid getting the sleep study done but id highly suggest you take care of it.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Christian F.'s Comment
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Yes the new physical you have will override the 6 month card you already have. Your medical card would be for however long they grant it for. However i believe the form you fill out asks if you've ever had a card issued for under 2 years so you'd probably need to answer about why you havent done sleep test yet. Not sure how they'd handle the medical card unless you provide results of sleep test indicating you do not have sleep apnea , or show compliance with CPAP. Personally I'd just get a sleep test done. I'd actually went to my primary doctor a week ago and requested he send me for one. I fit the criteria the DOT looks for and i feel i may have it, not only will it improve my (and everyone around me) safety, and quality of life, i may as well get ahead of it before being given a 3 month card and scramble to get it taken care of later on.

Sleep apnea is quite serious. Not sure if your intention is trying to avoid getting the sleep study done but id highly suggest you take care of it.

Thank you for your response... I have no problem with having the test done, was just wondering if I went to a company and they did the test and gave me a new physical if my card would be changed or if I would have to go back and get the original card updated? Sorry just thinking dumb questions today..... :)

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Brent R.'s Comment
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My DOT doctor gave me a 4 month card since I had already been tested just didn't have my machine yet, she gave me a month to get it and wear it for 90 days and then she will issue me a 1 year card, it took insurance forever to get me the machine, about 2 1/2 weeks from the time I had the sleep study done, good news is the new ones run off a cellular network and my doctor can pull my usage on the machine anytime she wants so that is nice.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Christian F.'s Comment
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Thanks that is good to hear, was kinda worried that it would cause me problems

Brent R.'s Comment
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It’s really a lot more common than I thought and man I sleep so much better now and feel so Much better after wearing it at night.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Ok here's one for you. I read another thread that Prime makes their driver's pay for the study. What if you are already in compliance with the VA? Will you have to take another sleep study and pay out of your own pocket or will they be ok if they VA did the sleep study and you are already using a sleep mask? By the way, VA (Veterans Administration). I love my machine, it's compact, quite, and I sleep all through the night now. Been using it since June 2018.

Just wondering if this will be a problem.

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