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.
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).
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.