Why does the DMV suspend a driver license for medical conditions? The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is the government agency tasked with ensuring that all licensed drivers possess the skill and knowledge to drive. Once the DMV grants a person the privilege to drive, however, the department then switches to a mode of monitoring the driver. The department will take an action to suspend or revoke a person’s driver license if they receive any information that suggests that person no longer possesses the knowledge or skill to drive. The DMV will also initiate the suspension or revocation of the driver license if they receive information to suggest that person has developed any medical condition or disorder that can affect their ability to drive.
The DMV’s primary concern is that the driver’s medical condition may affect their physical control of a motor vehicle. The DMV is equally concerned however, when a person’s treatment of a medical condition may affect their ability to drive. For example, prescription medications legitimately taken to treat a medical condition may impair that person’s ability to drive. Essentially any medical condition or the treatment thereof that can endanger the safety of the motoring public will be a concern for the DMV.
What medical conditions does the DMV focus on? The DMV is not limited in its ability to investigate medical conditions. The basic truth is the DMV will be concerned about ANY medical or physical ailment or disorder that could affect the public safety. Some of the more common issues that cause a DMV suspension are:
- Lapse of Consciousness or Control (whether driving or not)
- Epilepsy or Seizure Disorder
- Cardiac Health
- Sleep Apnea or other Sleep Disorders
- Pulmonary disorders
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
- Addiction or habitual use of drugs, medications or alcohol
- Vision problems
What can I do to protect myself? If you have received notification that the DMV has suspended your driver license or is attempting to do so for a medical disorder or condition, you should immediately call to consult with a DMV Defense Expert from California Drivers Advocates (CDA). Your greatest enemy at this point is time and a lack of information. In many instances, a simple telephone conversation may provide you enough information to face the DMV on your own. We are happy to consult with all drivers at no cost.
On the other hand, if your case is more complicated or if you simply choose not to face the DMV on your own, we can help.
California Drivers Advocates (CDA) is an organization devoted exclusively to representing California drivers at license suspension hearings before the California DMV. With decades of experience, we have seen every game played by the DMV. You should never permit the DMV to steal your driving freedom without a fight. Call CDA today and we’ll help you to schedule and conduct that battle.