What is a Driver Medical Evaluation?
Within the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is an enforcement bureau known as the Driver Safety Office (DSO). Currently, there are 16 Driver Safety Offices located in the State of California that cover large regional areas of the State. The Driver Safety Office is not a DMV field office where we go to register our cars; think of the DSO as the DMV version of a court house. The DSO is where Hearing Officers sit in judgment of California Drivers who are being evaluated for the suspension or revocation of their driving privilege.
Referred to as a “DME,” the Driver Medical Evaluation (Form DS-326) is a 5-page medical document used by DMV Hearing Officers to evaluate the Physical and Mental health of a driver as it relates to driving a motor vehicle. It is a medical questionnaire that provides an opportunity for the individual driver and his or her physician to reveal and discuss any conditions that may affect or limit a person’s ability to drive. When used correctly, it is a powerful tool that demonstrates your ability to drive.
How is the Driver Medical Evaluation Used?
Essentially, there are two methods for using the Driver Medical Evaluation:
- The Driver Safety Office mails the form to an involved driver along with instructions to complete the first portion of the form and then have a physician complete the second half. The driver is then instructed to return the DME to the Driver Safety Office. This permits the Hearing Officer to consider the doctor’s input before deciding on the next course of action. Used this way, the DME becomes evidence for the Department.
- The individual driver, in a proactive role, presents the DME to his or her physician for examination and completion. Then the driver introduces the DME as “affirmative Evidence” at an Administrative Hearing to demonstrate that he or she is fit to drive. Used in this way, the DME becomes your evidence of Physical and Mental health.
Nothing prohibits a driver from using the DMV’s own form to present a defense against the suspension or revocation of their driver license. It is a tool for the DMV Hearing Officer but it is also a very effective tool when presented by your DMV Defense Team.
You MUST Take Immediate Action!
If the DMV has focused upon you and is seeking to suspend or revoke your driver license, you must understand they are moving very quickly to accomplish their goal. The Driver Medical Evaluation is a very effective tool in protecting yourself from erroneous allegations that you may not be fit to drive, however, it is critical that you take immediate action.
It can take days or weeks to get an appointment with your physician and every day that passes works more to the DMV’s advantage. Contact us NOW so we can provide you a Driver Medical Evaluation Form and to begin preparing your defense. Don’t allow the DMV to suspend or revoke your driving privilege simply because you didn’t respond quickly enough. Begin your defense NOW by picking up the phone and calling us.
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The DMV’s suspension or revocation of your driver license is automatic; defending yourself is not. The DMV suspension/revocation process is not “User Friendly” and the DMV is not forthcoming with much information on how to protect yourself. With decades of experiencing fighting and winning at the DMV, we have the tools ready to go to work for you. Relieve yourself of the burden of fighting the DMV by yourself. Call us and allow a DMV Defense Expert to help you put your driver license back in your wallet.