Certified DOT Physicals

The Henry and Stark County Health Department and their First Choice Healthcare Clinic in Kewanee reminds area residents they offer area drivers low cost Department of  Transportation (DOT) Physicals. Appointments are available at our Main Office, 110 N Burr Boulevard, Kewanee.


The Health Department notes that the DOT requires some drivers to get regular physicals to make sure they can drive safely. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

  • You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers
    • You drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work
    • You operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes
  • You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds
    • You operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes        
  • You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

What to Expect

DOT Physical participants should expect the examiner to review their health history and ask the participant to list the medications taken on a regular basis. If you are seeing a Specialist for certain medical conditions, you may be asked to have your Specialist send the First Choice Healthcare a letter clearing you to drive. During your DOT physical, the examiner will also do the following:

  • Check your pulse and blood pressure
  • Perform a vision test
  • Observe your general appearance
  • Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears
  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Check for spine deformities
  • Perform a neurological exam
  • Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities
  • Perform a hernia check


DOT exams are not able to be billed to your insurance instead the exam will have to be paid by either cash, check or credit card.

Make an Appointment

Please note appointments for DOT Physicals are necessary and may be made by contacting the First Choice Healthcare Clinics at 309-852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office. For more information find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.