Written by attorney Linda Medeiros Callahan

Driver's License Medical Cancellation FAQ

Why is DOL threatenting to cancel my license? DOL may have received a tip that you have a medical condition that could interfere with your driving or may have become concerned about a condition when you came in to renew your license. The agency will try to determine whether you have a medical condition that may interfere with your ability to drive safely.

What does the re-examination process entail? DOL may have notified you that it intends to cancel your driver’s license or that it will require you to submit a report from a treating doctor. It is now up to you to prove to DOL that you are not suffering from a medical condition that could either result in a loss of consciousness or otherwise interfere with the safe operation of a vehicle. If, on the other hand, a treating doctor says that you do in fact have such a medical condition, DOL will notify you that it intends to cancel your driver’s license. You may request an interview to challenge the cancellation within fifteen days of the notice. At the interview, you may submit evidence that your condition is now under control. You may also establish that:

  • You do not have the condition
  • You can drive safely in spite of the condition

If, on the other hand, the doctor indicates that you may not be able to drive safely, you will be required to re-examine; in other words, you will need to re-take both the written exam and the drive test. You will have just three chances to pass the test at this time. If you fail three times, you will receive a notice of cancellation. You may request an interview to defend your license, but it will be difficult to win at the interview. If you lose this interview, you may request a hearing, and if the hearing examiner decides against you, you have the right to appeal the decision to superior court. It is important to put forth a strong effort to defend your license against DOL action, as cancellation is not temporary and being unable to drive may severely limit your ability to get to where you need to go on a daily basis.

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