Medical Driver Licence Suspensions
Where the Ministry of Transportation receives a medical report regarding your ability to operate a motor vehicle from:
- a physician,
- nurse practitioner,
- occupational therapist or optometrist, or
- police officer,
The ministry staff will match the name, address, date of birth and licence number to your driving record. The ministry then reviews each case individually and evaluates the medical information on the report against:
This review will determine whether the driver is medically fit to drive. The review process may take up to thirty (30) business days.
If the medical report confirms that the driver does not meet national medical standards, the licence will be suspended.
Medical suspensions never expire, they remain in force until the driver has been examined by a medical professional and deemed fit to drive.
Reinstating a licence
The licence will be considered for reinstatement when the ministry has received and reviewed the appropriate medical information.
The driver must visit their medical practitioner and have them examine and deem them fit to drive. The medical practitioner must prepare and submit documentary evidence to the ministry stating:
- their authority and that they have examined the driver,
- the issues that were reported to the ministry and
- that the medical professional believes that the driver is medically fit to drive.
The ministry processes medical reports on a first come, first served basis. Cases are reviewed within 30 business days.
More time may be required if more information has been requested. You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of the review.
Your licence will be reinstated if:
- your report indicates that you meet the medical standards to drive
- there are no other outstanding suspensions or requirements on your driving record
- You will receive a reinstatement notice in the mail.
Where the driver disagrees with the Ministry or doctor’s assessment, or the matter is languishing, an appeal maybe filed through OTT Legal.
Contact our offices to discuss a medical licence appeal at the Licence Appeal Board.
Depending on the nature of the condition, the ministry may:
- take no action, if your condition is deemed to be temporary or minor
- continue to monitor your condition
- downgrade your commercial licence (if applicable)
- ask you to take a new written, vision and road test at a DriveTest centre
- ask you to take a functional assessment at an approved assessment centre
- ask you to file additional medical information before a decision is made
Additional medical information
If you need to provide more medical information, you will receive a letter outlining:
- the information needed
- a specific timeframe to submit the information to the ministry
The ministry will review your information to determine whether you meet the required medical standards to drive.
If the ministry doesn’t receive your information by the due date, you will receive either:
- a suspension notice, or
- under certain circumstances, in the case of a commercial licence, a new licence in a lower class
The suspension or downgrade of your licence will be reconsidered when the ministry receives your medical information.
Once your information has been reviewed, the ministry will inform you of the outcome by mail.
If you meet the medical standards, your licence will be reinstated, as long as there are no other outstanding suspensions or requirements.
If your licence is suspended for medical reasons, you will be able to appeal the decision to the Licence Appeal Tribunal.
A functional assessment (also known as a driving evaluation) includes a full medical assessment and an on-road evaluation. It is conducted by an occupational therapist and a qualified driving instructor.
You may need to undergo a functional assessment:
- if you are reported as being medically unfit to drive due to a neurological condition,
- physical disability or cognitive impairment
- as part of an application for a Class G vision waiver
Where a functional assessment is required the ministry will send you a list of approved assessment centre.
If the assessment indicates that you need remedial lessons:
- a report will be sent to the ministry
- you will be issued a temporary licence (for the purpose of lessons only),
- as long as there are no outstanding suspensions or requirements on file
Medical Advisory Committee
The Medical Advisory Committee is a panel of expert medical advisors including physicians in the fields of cardiology, psychiatry, endocrinology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, rehabilitation medicine, geriatric medicine and addiction medicine.
These medical experts are contracted by the ministry to review complex cases and provide an expert opinion.
You have the opportunity to appeal a medical suspension (excluding vision) or medical downgrade from a commercial class licence.
The Licence Appeal Tribunal can confirm, modify or set aside the decision.
The Tribunal’s decisions in medical cases can be appealed to the Superior Court of Justice within 30 days from the date the decisions are released.
Your licence will remain suspended or downgraded until the appeal is heard. The fee for the appeal is $100 and is payable to the Licence Appeal Tribunal.
The ministry will send you:
- a letter telling you what type of medical information is needed to have your licence considered for reinstatement
- a formal Notice of Suspension