Driver's medical exam
Read the steps to completing a Driver's Medical Exam. Learn who might be asked to take these exams, and why.
How to complete a Driver's Medical Exam
Have you or someone you know been asked to take a Driver’s Medical Exam? It is important to take this exam soon, because your licence could be cancelled if you don’t complete all of the following steps within 45 days. You can still drive during that time.
- Contact your doctor to say that you or the person you know has received a Driver's Medical Exam form.
- Take the form to your doctor, who will complete it and mail it on your behalf to the address on the form.
- You will then be notified by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles if any further action is required.
- If the test shows there is a medical condition that may affect the driver’s ability to drive, a re-examination road test may be required. You will receive plenty of notification if this is the case.
Who must take a Driver’s Medical Exam?
Many people discover a reason to take a Driver's Medical Exam.
It could be because the driver:
- Is a commercial driver. Routine medical exams are common for these drivers and differ depending on the driver’s class of licence.
- Has applied for a commercial driver's licence or an industrial road airbrake endorsement.
- Is due for a review of an ongoing medical condition that was previously thought to affect the ability to drive.
- Is approaching 80 years of age. There will also be a medical exam every two years after this significant birthday.
- Has reported a medical condition that might affect the ability to drive. The same applies if a police officer, doctor or someone else makes this report.
If you’ve been asked to take a routine medical exam but are no longer a commercial driver, you can choose to downgrade your licence and, in turn, opt out of the exam. This is free of charge and can be done at any driver licensing office.
If it’s time to renew, you still pay the renewal fee; remember to bring your licence with you.