California DMV Suspension for Medical Conditions

Why does the DMV suspend a driver license for medical conditions?   The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is the government agency tasked with ensuring that all licensed drivers possess the skill and knowledge to drive.  Once the DMV grants a person the privilege to drive, however, the department then switches to a mode of monitoring the driver.  The department will take an action to suspend or revoke a person’s driver license if they receive any information that suggests that person no longer possesses the knowledge or skill to drive.  The DMV will also initiate the suspension or revocation of the driver license if they receive information to suggest that person has developed any medical condition or disorder that can affect their ability to drive.

The DMV’s primary concern is that the driver’s medical condition may affect their physical control of a motor vehicle.  The DMV is equally concerned however, when a person’s treatment of a medical condition may affect their ability to drive.  For example, prescription medications legitimately taken to treat a medical condition may impair that person’s ability to drive. Essentially any medical condition or the treatment thereof that can endanger the safety of the motoring public will be a concern for the DMV.

What medical conditions does the DMV focus on?   The DMV is not limited in its ability to investigate medical conditions.  The basic truth is the DMV will be concerned about ANY medical or physical ailment or disorder that could affect the public safety.  Some of the more common issues that cause a DMV suspension are:

  • Lapse of Consciousness or Control (whether driving or not)
  • Epilepsy or Seizure Disorder
  • Cardiac Health
  • Sleep Apnea or other Sleep Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Pulmonary disorders
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Addiction or habitual use of drugs, medications or alcohol
  • Vision problems

 What can I do to protect myself?   If you have received notification that the DMV has suspended your driver license or is attempting to do so for a medical disorder or condition, you should immediately call to consult with a DMV Defense Expert from California Drivers Advocates (CDA).  Your greatest enemy at this point is time and a lack of information.  In many instances, a simple telephone conversation may provide you enough information to face the DMV on your own.  We are happy to consult with all drivers at no cost.

On the other hand, if your case is more complicated or if you simply choose not to face the DMV on your own, we can help.

California Drivers Advocates (CDA) is an organization devoted exclusively to representing California drivers at license suspension hearings before the California DMV.  With decades of experience, we have seen every game played by the DMV.  You should never permit the DMV to steal your driving freedom without a fight.  Call CDA today and we’ll help you to schedule and conduct that battle.

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By | 2017-05-07T05:03:43+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Mental Re-Examination, Re-Examiniation Hearings|0 Comments

About the Author:

Rob Collier
Mr. Collier served with distinction as a Law Enforcement Specialist with the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Security Police Academy and the United States Army Police Investigators School. While stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Mr. Collier was one of the first Security Police Specialists to provide “close‐in” security for Space Shuttle Missions when that program was new. Mr. Collier is a Distinguished Graduate of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Academy (Class 228) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics School (SWAT). He received specialized training in basic accident investigation and determining speed from skids at the San Bernardino Sheriff Academy. For nearly 15 years, Mr. Collier was the Operations Officer for one of the most prominent specialty DUI law firms in the country. Reporting directly to that firm’s owner, Mr. Collier directed the day to day operations of DUI attorneys, investigators, expert witnesses and support staff. He developed the firm’s “white glove” policy of client care that is now the hallmark of our company. He has been involved in the preparation, investigation, and presentation of literally thousands of DMV administrative hearings throughout Southern California. Receiving hands on training from defense attorneys, retired DMV hearing officers, and some of the best scientific experts in the field, Mr. Collier possesses a unique level of experience; making him a true expert in the field of Administrative Advocacy. Mr. Collier is our Chief Advocate and available to represent clients in all categories of DMV hearings in California. If your case is assigned to one of our other professional advocates, Mr. Collier will personally review and supervise each case. He is accessible to each and every one of our clients.