The Medical Evaluation Program is responsible for gathering and evaluating the medical information of licensed drivers or applicants for driver licenses who are currently suffering from qualified disabilities that could have an impact on highway safety.
Medical Evaluation Brochure
What is the Program's process?
The Program's medical staff reviews medical records and statements from attending physicians in conjunction with driving records. Using their knowledge and experience in medicine and public health, they analyze this information and provide a recommendation as to what, if any, restrictions should be placed on a driver license.
The goal is to protect highway safety without causing unnecessary hardship on the driver.
Evaluation Request Requirements
- Anyone can request that a driver be evaluated
- The request must be in writing and signed
- Anonymous requests are not accepted
Common Evaluation Requests
- The driver license examiners are the first line of discovery. When a customer comes to renew his license, the examiner asks a series of health–related questions. If the examiner has a concern about the driver, the examiner will conduct a road test and give the customer a medical report form to be completed by his physician. After completion, the form is returned to the Medical Evaluation Program.
- Family members may call in to ask for a re–examination of their parents, aunts, uncles, etc. DMV requires this request to be in writing and signed by the family member.
- Physicians may send information to DMV about patients that they feel may be at risk to themselves or others.
- Law enforcement officers may send reports of drivers who they have observed with poor driving habits that could be related to a health problem (vision, slow reaction time, reports of blackouts, falling asleep).
- The court system may send involuntary commitments and incompetency orders to be entered into a driving record.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who makes the recommendation whether someone drives or not?
The Medical Evaluation Program has physicians on staff and on contract who analyze each situation.
- How long does it take to obtain a review by the Medical Evaluation Program?
Time can vary depending on how quickly the customer returns information to the Division, whether it is completed properly, or whether additional information is needed.
- Once a customer is placed in the medical program, can he ever get out?
Yes. If the condition for which you were placed in the program remains stable and you are in compliance with medication, you can be considered a safe risk and removed from the program.
- How often must someone be evaluated?
This depends on the medical problem and whether it is progressive. Evaluations can be as short as once every six months or as long as once every four years.