First Choice Healthcare Conducting Certified DOT Physicals on Wednesday’s in January, 2024


The Henry and Stark County Health Department will be conducting “Certified DOT Physical Clinics” every Wednesday in January at the First Choice Healthcare Clinic in Kewanee and Colona. Appointments are necessary for this clinic, call the Kewanee location at 309-852-5272 or the Colona location at 309-794-4011 to make an appointment. Appointments are available from 8 AM to 4 PM at each First Choice Healthcare Clinic location. The Department of Transportation requires that some drivers get regular physicals to ensure they can drive safely. You must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate to drive a commercial vehicle if any of the following apply:

  • You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds 9-15 passengers, drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work, and 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 and you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes.
  • You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

“If you want to comply with federal law, a qualified medical examiner must complete your DOT physical form. Our Nurse Practitioners are Certified DOT medical examiners.”

The examiner will review the participant’s health history and ask for a list of medications taken regularly. 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

In addition, Participants on medications for sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, depression and other mental health issues, and seizures need to obtain a “Clearance Letter” from their provider to bring to their appointment.

For more information, call the Kewanee Clinic at 309-852-5272 or the Colona Clinic at 309-794-4011 or visit our website at or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter and Instagram.

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