New Life Med Centers


Truck Drivers make the world go round, and New Life will make sure you can keep on rolling!

At New Life Medical Center, you’re not just a number. We will treat you with the respect you deserve and will talk with you about your needs. We are a full-service Primary Care Clinic that can not only perform the DOT / CDL Physicals, we can help you manage any health issues you may have so you can qualify for and maintain DOT/CDL requirements. We can help you with the following:

  • Hypertension Management
  • Diabetes Management
  • In Home Sleep Apnea Study
  • Weight Loss
  • Erectile Dysfunction and more…
  • Most Insurance Accepted


In addition to DOT/ CDL Physicals, we provide many health services for Drivers:

  • Sick visits
  • Amniotic Tissue Allograft Therapies for joint pain
  • Testosterone Replacement Therapy
  • Erectile Dysfunction Therapies and Medications in the clinic
  • In-Clinic Pharmacy
  • Weight Loss Therapies and Medications
  • Sinus Congestion / Allergies
  • Flu
  • STD Testing


We provide these and more services for our Patient Drivers.

To help ensure the safety of these drivers and others on the roadway, New Life Medical Centers offers DOT (Department of Transportation Commercial Drivers) exams and provides services for any commercial driver that requires a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Drivers often face long, hard hours while traveling countless miles. All of our DOT Examiners are certified and up-to-date with the National Registry system and have met the standards of Tennessee state laws and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Commonly Asked Questions

DOT stands for the Department of Transportation. The physical associated with it is a very specific exam by a certified medical examiner to determine if a driver can operate a variety of larger motor vehicles over a certain weight. It is a required exam for the operation of most commercial motor vehicles. Getting your DOT Physical is simple – just walk into of our clinic today.

In the interest of public safety, FMCSA recently expanded the requirements of the DOT Physical to include a more comprehensive examination of each driver (Review New Standards). DOT Physical will include the following components:

  • Review of past or recent illnesses or injuries
  • Review of current medications, including controlled substances
  • Review of any medical conditions such as heart disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
  • Physical exam
  • Blood pressure and pulse checks
  • Vision acuity test
  • Hearing test
  • Urine dip screen
  • CSMD report and possibly a urine drug screen, if taking controlled substances
  • If needed, other tests for cardiac or pulmonary and respiratory conditions

Under current standards set forth by the FMCSA, a driver must meet the following basic requirements:

  • At least 20/40 correctable vision in each eye, as well as both combined – glasses or contacts, are allowed
  • Able to distinguish colors found on traffic signals
  • Forced whisper test to detect adequate hearing
  • Controlled blood pressure under 140/90 – prescription medication may be used to control blood pressure
  • Cannot have diabetes that requires insulin injections
  • Maximum blood sugar level allowed is 200
  • No use of a schedule 1 drug (controlled substance), amphetamine, narcotic or habit-forming drug
  • For any exemptions for vision, diabetes, etc., please bring the exemption to your physical exam

In order to complete the DOT Physical exam, drivers MUST bring the following items:

Every Driver:

  • Completed DOT Form
  • Valid Driver License
  • Pocket Certificate
  • Glasses, contacts or anything you routinely use for vision enhancement
  • All prescription medication bottles (including over the counter medications)
  • Complete list of doctors that you visit and their phone numbers


If You Have Diabetes

  • Complete list of medications and name of prescribing doctor
  • Copies of blood sugar results or hemoglobin A1C results from the past 3 months


If You Have High Blood Pressure

  • Complete list of medications and name of prescribing doctor


If You Have Sleep Apnea

  • A copy of your latest sleep apnea compliance report from the past 6 months


If You Have a Heart Condition

  • Complete list of medications and name of prescribing doctor
  • If you’ve had a heart attack or cardiovascular disease, a copy of your last stress test or release from your cardiologist
A DOT Physical exam is valid for 12 to 24 months based on your health history and physical exam. The medical examiner may issue a shorter medical examiner’s certificate when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.
A licensed medical examiner will be listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry website. All Fast Pace providers are required to be DOT certified within 60 days of hire.
Pending there are no medical concerns, the physical usually just takes 30-45 minutes.
  • Vital signs
  • Urinalysis
  • Hearing and vision exam
  • Extensive physical exam
  • Get plenty of rest before your exam. Being fatigued can elevate your BP.
  • Avoid nicotine/caffeine for at least 3 hours before your exam.
  • Avoid very salty foods 24hrs before your exam as sodium can increase your fluid retention and blood pressure.
  • Stay relaxed. Do not talk. Stress and anxiety can elevate your BP as well.
  • Make sure the BP cuff is placed directly on your arm. Taking it over clothing can cause adverse elevations of your numbers.
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor and your arms supported. Crossing your legs can cause increased BP up to 10mmHg.

For more information about the standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, visit these resources:

DOT Physical Exams

Get Scheduled Today!
Call 901-213-0100 or click the button below to schedule your DOT Physical