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Medical Requirements

The Secretary of State shall determine the physical, emotional and mental competence of a person to operate a motor vehicle with the advice of the Medical Advisory Board.

The Medical Advisory Board is a professional unit composed of physicians and motor vehicle staff to advise us on medical criteria and vision standards for licensing drivers.  The Medical Advisory Board consists of at least seven members who have expertise in matters concerning health or medicine.  We work with the Medical Advisory Board to establish and update driver licensing standards.

Rules governing medical conditions and operation of motor vehicles may be obtained online or by sending a written request to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Driver License Services Division
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0029
Tele:  (207)624-9000 ext. 52124

Please include your name, date of birth, current mailing address and specify the type of information you are requesting. The rules are also available in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf).

Medical Conditions

For more information click on the condition below:

Reporting Standards
Cardiovascular Disorders
Diabetes and other Endocrinopathies
Head Injury
Hearing Loss/Vertigo
Neurological & Related Musculoskeletal Conditions
Psychiatric Disorders
Pulmonary Disorders
Stroke
Substance Abuse
Visual Disorders

Medical Forms

Cancellation of License for Physical, Mental or Emotional Reasons (.pdf)
Eye Form (.pdf)
Medical Evaluation Form (CR-24) (.pdf)

How We Obtain Medical Information

We obtain medical information through:

  1. Permits, licenses, renewal applications and accident reports;
  2. Written reports from family, physicians, law enforcement personnel and other government agencies, and;
  3. Signed statements from citizens.

If you have received a request for a medical review, it means we received information regarding your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. 

Law Enforcement Reporting

We receive information from law enforcement regarding possible unsafe drivers.  If a driver is stopped by law enforcement, the officer may report a driver who is thought to have a medical condition that could affect their ability to drive safely.  This can be reported even if the officer did not issue a ticket to the driver.  This may also appear on an accident report.

Physician Reporting

Physicians who care for patients with physical, mental or emotional impairments which may affect their driving safety, whether defined by published guidelines or not, are responsible for making available to their patients without reservation their recommendations and appropriate information related to driving safety and responsibilities.

The information must be in writing and must include the name, address and date of birth of the patient.  The medical professional submitting the report in good faith is immune from civil or criminal liability for making the report.

Concerned Citizen Reporting

A person with direct knowledge of a driver’s specific conduct or specific events indicating the driver may have a disqualifying medical condition may report this to us by writing a letter including the name, address and date of birth of the driver.  Once we receive information, our only contact will be with the driver.  We will not notify the reporting person of any outcome.  Any citizen in the State who, in good faith, submits a report of a driver’s impairment is immune from civil or criminal liability for making the report.

Written and Road Test

If you are required to complete a written or road test, an appointment will be scheduled for you at an examination location closest to your home.