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Medically At-Risk Driver Program
Overview

Symbol for RiskThis page provides information about the Oregon DMV's Medically At-Risk Driver Program (a.k.a., At-Risk Driver Program), a program under which DMV screens drivers and receives reports from medical professionals and others about individuals who have a limitation or medical condition that interferes with or diminishes their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

The program consists of applicant screening and two reporting components; mandatory reporting by certain physicians and health care providers of persons with severe functional or cognitive impairments that cannot be corrected or controlled by surgery, medication, therapy, a device or technique, and voluntary reporting by concerned individuals who have observed or have knowledge of conditions or impairments that interfere with a person's ability to drive.

If you are a medical professional and want more detailed information about the program or mandatory reporting, see our Medically At-Risk Driver Program for Medical Professionals page. If you would like to submit a voluntary report about an at-risk driver, see our Voluntary Reporting page. If you would like to report an aggressive or intoxicated driver, see our Reporting a Problem Driver page.

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Program Description

In accordance with Oregon laws, the purpose of the Oregon DMV Medically At-Risk Driver Program (a.k.a., At-Risk Driver Program) is to identify and address drivers whose medical conditions or impairments affect their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Screening
All driver license applicants must answer a series of medical questions when applying for an original, renewal or replacement driver license OAR-062-0000 (2). Answering "yes" to any of these questions indicates that the individual may have a medical condition that makes them unable to drive safely. DMV does not issue them a license until they can demonstrate that their medical condition does not affect their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This is done through testing and review of their medical information.

In addition, the vision of all drivers over the age of 50 is tested every time they renew their driver license (every eight years).

Reporting
Oregon law requires that certain physicians and other health care providers report persons age 14 and older to DMV who have certain functional and/or cognitive impairments that are severe and uncontrollable, and as such are likely to render it unsafe for them to operate a motor vehicle. This process represents the mandatory reporting component of the At-Risk Driver Program, which became effective on June 1, 2004, replacing the previous mandatory reporting of persons diagnosed as having a disorder characterized by momentary or prolonged lapses of consciousness. Click here for detailed information and instructions about mandatory reporting.

Police officers, social workers, care givers, family members, friends and others may elect to notify DMV of a person's medical condition or impairment that impacts their ability to drive and/or of unsafe driving behaviors they have observed. This optional process represents the voluntary reporting component of the At Risk Driver Program. Click here for detailed information and instructions about voluntary reporting.

Once reported, a driver may be required to re-take vision, knowledge and drive tests in order to demonstrate their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. In some cases, the driver may also be required to provide current medical information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Need More Information or Have Questions?

If you have questions or need more information you may contact the DMV Driver Safety Unit at (503) 945-5083, the At-Risk Driver Unit at (503) 945-5295, or submit an online inquiry.

Related Information

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