Most state DMVs do not automatically reexamine drivers based solely on age. However, if there is cause to believe that it is no longer safe for a person to drive, they may be called in for a reexamination.
Where the DMV Gets Information
Though exact reporting methods can vary by state, the DMV generally receives information from a variety of sources:
- Your doctors, who are required by law to report to the DMV certain conditions that can cause loss of consciousness or control, like epilepsy or Alzheimer’s disease
- Emergency medical personnel who attend to you during emergencies involving loss of consciousness or control
- Letters or other notifications from neighbors, family, or friends who may no longer feel it is safe for you to drive
- Law enforcement
- Your driving record
If the DMV receives information that indicates you may be an unsafe driver, it will call you in to reexamine your driving ability.
What Happens During a Reexamination
If the DMV decides you need to be reexamined, a representative will get in touch with you. The first step might be to request medical records. If the records indicate that there is no risk in you driving, that could be the end of it.
If medical records do indicate a risk, you’ll be asked to submit to a reexamination. A regular reexamination might be done over the phone or in person. This may involve taking a driving assessment, law exam, and vision test.
The DMV may have the power to immediately suspend or revoke your license if there is an indication that your physical or mental health presents an immediate threat to public safety.
What Happens After the Reexamination
Depending on the outcome of the exam, one of the following actions could be taken:
- No Action: The DMV could take no action if the examination indicates no problems.
- Restriction: The DMV imposes driving restrictions, such as specified hours during which you may not drive.
- Suspension: Your license is suspended.
- Revocation: Your license is permanently revoked.
If you’ve gone through a reexamination and were approved to keep driving, stay safe out there! Check out our Car Safety Guide to learn more about safety on the road.