California DMV Hearings – License Suspensions for Medical Reasons

What You Need to Know About DMV Hearings: License Suspension for Medical Resons

The DMV may restrict, suspend or revoke your driving privilege if you have medical conditions such as diabetes, a memory disorder, or loss of consciousness. California law requires physicians to report certain physical and mental conditions to the DMV if he or she has reasons to believe that your medical condition will not allow you to operate a motor vehicle safely. The medical conditions that must be mandatorily reported include:

  • Alzheimers Disease
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Lapse in consciousness
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Muscular dystrophy


If you are facing any such action from the DMV, then you must request a hearing immediately. The DMV is required by California law to give you an opportunity to present evidence of your physical condition.

If a physician has notified the DMV of your medical condition, then you will need to submit a

DMV Driver Medical Evaluation (DME) form. This form is requested when medical information is necessary to evaluate a drivers physical condition with regard to safe driving abilities. This form also helps hearing officers evaluate the physical and mental condition of the driver and what determination to make with regard to the motorist’s driving privilege.

The DME form calls for the driver to complete a health history and to certify under penalty of perjury that the information is true and complete. The form also requires the motorists doctor to provide information about the drivers diagnosis, treatment and functional problems, if any. There are also specific sections in the form that deal with Alzheimers, diabetes, dementia, and cognitive problems. This form must be signed by you and your physician before being sent to DMV officials for evaluation.

Based on the hearing, the DMV can suspend a license until a medical condition is cured. A license can also be permanently revoked based on a medical condition.

If you are at risk of losing your driving privilege based on your medical condition, call an experienced

California DMV license suspension lawyer at Wallin & Klarich for immediate help. Call us at (877) 466-5245.

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