A medical professional is a “mandatory reporter,” depending on the professional’s role and their relationship to a patient. Mandatory reporters are:
- Primary care providers, ophthalmologists or optometrists
- Physicians* or health care providers** providing emergency health care services to a person who does not have a Primary Care Physician
- Physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners providing ongoing specialist health care services
- Physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners providing a specialist evaluation or a health care provider providing health care services based on a referral from the person’s primary care provider
A reporting medical professional must be licensed, certified or otherwise authorized or permitted by law to administer health care in the State of Oregon.
* ”Physicians” are licensed medical doctors or doctors of osteopathic medicine
** ”Health care providers” include chiropractic physicians, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, optometrists, physician assistants, podiatric physicians and surgeons
While there is no legal requirement, medical professionals whose role and relationship with the patient does not require them to report can still voluntarily report a patient if there are concerns about the patient’s ability to drive safely.
Note: See our Information Sheet on immunity from civil liability for physicians and health care providers who voluntarily report to DMV. Additional information is found on the HIPAA Compliance, Liability and Confidentiality section of this web site.