For purposes of sharing medical information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
(HIPAA), DMV is considered a public health entity. DMV is the state agency responsible for public health matters relating to the monitoring of drivers who may be ineligible for driving privileges because of a disease or disability resulting in a cognitive or functional impairment that affects the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
The medical information contained in the reports required by DMV is confidential and shall only be used to determine the qualification of a person to safely operate a motor vehicle, and for taking any action deemed necessary by DMV. The protected health information required to be reported by Administrative Rule is the minimum necessary to accomplish this purpose.
To protect the privacy of the information being shared, DMV does not allow reports to be filed via Internet or e-mail. They may only be faxed or mailed to DMV. Once received, the information from the reports is entered into a database that is protected behind an electronic firewall.