For Physicians

Physicians play a critical role in the health and safety of their patients.  The RMV relies heavily on a physician’s medical evaluation to determine whether or not person is safe to operate a motor vehicle.

Physical Qualifications
The RMV has set minimum standards for vision qualifications, loss of consciousness and seizure conditions, and cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.  Physical qualifications to safely operate.

Driving Evaluations
Many Massachusetts hospitals and rehabilitation centers offer driving evaluations.  Please read the Medical Affairs Brochure for more information.

Physicians Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers
American Medical Association guidelines for physicians to help them medically assess the ability of older drivers to continue driving. Includes current screening laws and regulations from all 50 states (May 2003) as well as a comprehensive list of diseases which may impair driving.
http://www.ama-assn.org/go/olderdrivers

Massachusetts Reporting Procedures
The RMV Medical Affairs Branch accepts reports from: family members, physicians, law enforcement, or other interested third parties, including, but not limited to, members of the individual's community (such as neighbors), private driving schools, physical therapists, etc.
Request a medical evaluation.
Medical clearance form (Physicians only).
Read more at the Medical Affairs website.

Other Helpful Links:

Alzheimers
The Hartford Insurance Agency offers a booklet on Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and how such degenerative diseases affect older person's ability to drive.  The booklet also includes a "contract" for the elderly person to complete with his/her family on driving.  http://www.thehartford.com/alzheimers/index.html


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