Medical and Mental Requirements
If you have a mental or physical condition that may impair your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, even temporarily, you must provide DMV with a medical statement from your physician, physician's assitant, or nurse practitioner. Some of these conditions include:
- Level of consciousness
- Vision changes
- Impairment of judgment
- Loss of motor functions
DMV's Seizure/Blackout Policy, established by our Medical Advisory Board, states that a person must be seizure-free or blackout-free for at least six months to establish medication and regain proper medical control before driving. If a person is currently licensed and DMV is notified that the person has experienced a seizure, loss of consciousness or blackout, DMV will suspend the person's driving privilege for a period of six months from the date of the last episode.
DMV will evaluate the medical information to determine if a driver's license may be issued or restricted.
As part of the medical review process, DMV may require you to:
- Submit a medical statement from your physician, physician's assitant, or nurse practitioner.
- Submit a vision statement from your ophthalmologist/optometrist
- Undergo an evaluation by a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist in a driver evaluation program
- Pass the two-part driver's license knowledge exam
- Pass the road skills test
Based on DMV's evaluation of the medical information and/or test results, DMV will determine whether to:
- suspend your driving privilege;
- restrict your driving privilege;
- require you to complete a driver evaluation; or
- require you to submit periodic medical and/or vision reports
For persons required to submit a periodic medical and/or vision report, DMV will send you a reminder letter approximately 60 days prior to the due date.
Reporting an Impaired Driver
DMV promptly reviews all reports of hazardous or impaired drivers.
Reports must be submitted in writing or using the Medical Review Request (MED-3) to:
- DMV Medical Review Services
- Post Office Box 27412
- Richmond, Virginia 23269-0001
All reports of impaired drivers must include:
- information that will help DMV identify the impaired driver (such as name, address, date of birth, et cetera),
- specific information about your concerns and why the person should be reviewed by DMV, and
- the name, address and telephone number of the person reporting the impaired driver, so that DMV may follow up.