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Where to do USCG licensing physical/drug test in Northern California?

Title pretty much says it all, it's time for me to renew my USCG captains license and I need the special physical they require and the appropriate drug test as well.

So, has anyone actually done either or both of these anywhere in Northern California (say, the Bay Area or north) in the past year or so, submitted them and had them accepted by the CG?

Last time I did mine it was in SoCal and I don't know where to go up here.

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Your licensed physician/P.A. should be able sign off the physical requirement.

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Re: Where to do USCG licensing physical/drug test in Northern California?

You could also do a search for offices that issue D.O.T. Medical Certificates for CDL's in your area.

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Re: Where to do USCG licensing physical/drug test in Northern California?

For what it is worth.. friend of mine was forcibly retired out of the Army Corps of Engineers after failing his physical for the CG.. which is a good thing. According to his doctor, he was about 3 to 4 months from a widow maker heartattack. He had no idea that his heart was in such bad shape until he went to renew his license and failed the physical

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According to his doctor, he was about 3 to 4 months from a widow maker heartattack. He had no idea that his heart was in such bad shape until he went to renew his license and failed the physical
A DOT physical is how I discovered having high blood pressure...

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Try contacting a maritime school in the area. They should be able to give you a name of a doctor that is familiar with the CG paperwork. I've heard docs that have not done it before often screw it up.
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Re: Where to do USCG licensing physical/drug test in Northern California?

Thanks for the responses guys, much appreciated.

@ SteveInMD - that would be great if you hear back Steve. That's exactly the problem I've run into, Dr's that are unfamiliar (or don't have exactly the right eye testing kit) and my packet gets bounced back by the CG. Gets annoying and expensive to have to repeat and try again.

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Re: Where to do USCG licensing physical/drug test in Northern California?

Free advise is worth what it costs, etc, but . . . A prior poster suggested contacting at DOT examiner. Examiners for flight physicals also do DOT exams (or at least they used to)
You might consider asking the local flight schools/airports who the flight physical examiners are, and asking if they also do CG exams. Some aviation examiners have a time and place where they exam anyone who shows up, no appointment needed. Such examiners would probably be willing to gossip with you.
Varies with the thoroughness of the exam, but routine exams on healthy subjects find about 15% have previously unknown illnesses. Half of those are treatable. FWIW
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