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Reporting an Unsafe Driver

DMV is authorized to receive and accept reports on drivers who have:

  • Demonstrated unsafe or dangerous driving behaviors, or
  • A mental or physical condition or impairment that may affect driving ability.  
Reports can come from many sources, including but not limited to:

  • A physician or health care provider;
  • A family member, friend or neighbor; or
  • A police officer or a court.
Confidentiality can be requested.  See How to Report below for more details.

NOTE:  DMV is prohibited from accepting anonymous reports or reports based only on age, diagnosis, general health, or medication(s) being taken.

For Physicians and Health Care Providers – including chiropractic physicians, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, optometrists, physician assistants or podiatric physicians or surgeons are mandated to report when a health condition potentially affecting driving is “severe and uncontrollable”:
  • Severe - the impairment substantially limits a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living, including driving. It does not include a temporary impairment not expected to last more than six months.

  • Uncontrollable - the impairment persists despite efforts to control or compensate for it by medication, therapy, surgery, or adaptive devices. It does not include an impairment for which treatment by medication, therapy, surgery or adaptive devices is currently under evaluation.
To make a mandated report, complete and submit the Mandatory Impairment Referral form. If the condition is not “severe and uncontrollable” but you still have concerns about the effect the impairment has on their driving skills, a Driver Evaluation Request can be submitted (below).

For all others (including Police Officers) – use the Driver Evaluation Request form. Reports need to include:
  • The name of the person being reported – vehicle information is insufficient –and enough information to identify them individually such as address, birth date, or license number;
  • Specific information which you observed or cause you to question the individual’s ability to drive safely, such as events, dates and places.  If you believe the person has a medical condition/impairment that impacts safe driving, provide information about its impact on their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Your signature and printed name.  DMV is prohibited from accepting anonymous reports.  
NOTE: If the driver requests an administrative hearing to challenge the suspension, reporters’ names must be disclosed.  Otherwise, reporter’s names are kept confidential.
DMV reviews the report to determine if the report contains sufficient information to meet the requirements contained in statute.  If so, DMV may require the driver to:
  • Complete a re-examination of driving knowledge and skills.
  • Provide a Certificate of Vision and/or a Driver Medical Report completed by their health care provider; and/or
  • Provide additional information specific to their health condition or driving ability, such as a specific health or ability assessment.
Additionally, if DMV has reason to believe the driver is a threat to public safety, their license may be immediately suspended.

NOTE:  Drivers always have a route to regaining driving privileges.
Q.  I am taking medication; can this affect my license?

A DMV is prohibited from suspending your license based only on the medication you are taking. Ask your doctor if you should be driving while on that medication. Driving while impaired by a controlled substance is illegal even if you have a prescription.

Q.  How will I know that I've been reported and what will happen?

A.  You will get a letter telling you what will be required. When reports are accepted, retaking DMV tests or providing medical information is often required. If the information shows you may be a safety risk, DMV will immediately suspend your license.

Q.  How do I get the medical report form I need to take to my doctor?

A.  If one is required, it will be included with the letter telling you what is required.  If you need another one at a later time, request one from Driver Specialty Services: 503-945-5083.  

There is no blank form available as these forms are prepared individually for each driver.

Q.  What if my condition improves after my license is suspended?

A.  To find out what you need to do to get your license back, contact Driver Specialty Services: 503-945-5083.

Q.  Can my license be revoked due to a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease?

A.  DMV is prohibited from canceling or suspending a license based only on a diagnosis.