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DOT Physical

A DOT physical is a health examination mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)  for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. A DOT physical helps determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a CMV.

For your safety and the public’s safety, FMCSA requires you to complete and pass a DOT physical to maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Schedule your DOT Physical Today! 

Tensas - (318) 766.1967

Vidalia - (318) 414.3020



Who needs a DOT Physical

You are required to complete and pass a DOT physical if you:

  • Operate a motor vehicle for interstate commerce with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds

  • Operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people

  • Are paid to operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than eight people 

  • Transport hazardous materials that required your vehicle to be placarded

During the physical your provider will: 

check your vital signs, review your medical history, and perform a required hands-on physical examination that includes:

  • General appearance

  • Eyes

  • Ears

  • Mouth and throat

  • Heart

  • Lungs and chest

  • Extremities

  • Nervous system

  • Hernias

  • Back and spine 

If you meet the DOT physical requirements our provider will issue you a medical examiner’s certificate (MEC) – also called a DOT medical card. Without a valid DOT medical card, you can lose your CDL.


Tucker Kifer, APRN, FNP-C

Tucker Kifer, APRN, FNP-C 


Tucker has been a nurse for over 14 years, and a family nurse practitioner for 6 years. He has worked in many different nursing settings including emergency care and is certified to perform DOT physicals. 

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grambling State University

  • Master’s from Northwestern State University.

  • Certified as an NP by American Association of Nurse Practitioners


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