If the DMV determines you have any kind of physical or mental impairment which could affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, they may suspend your license for a period of time, depending on the issue. These impairments could be anything from vision problems to dementia to seizure disorders to loss of consciousness. Even diabetes or insomnia can be cause for a suspension. Often these concerns are raised by a third party, such as a doctor, law enforcement, or a family member.
If it’s determined that your license may need to be suspended, there will be a re-examination hearing, which is an evaluation of your ability to drive safely.** You may also be asked to submit a driver medical examination form (DME) which provides additional information about your medical history. At that point, the DMV will determine whether your license can be reinstated, or if not, what the period of suspension may be. They may even determine that your driving privileges need to be revoked. All orders will be reevaluated at a later date, at which time you can present medical evidence that you’re now able to drive safely.***
It’s a complicated, multi-step process, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Winfield Law has successfully handled thousands of DMV cases, and can guide you through the courts and help get you behind the wheel again. Call us for legal representation.
*See Sections 12806, 13359
**See Section 13801
***See Section 13950