Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Alert: The following services will be unavailable on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m. CST due to system maintenance.

Medical professionals

In Wisconsin, a driver license can only be immediately cancelled when a medical professional (MD, DO, PA-C, or APNP) reports or supplies information to the Department that indicates a person is unsafe to drive using a Medical Examination Report form MV3644. The form is only acceptable when completed in full and signed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopath (DO), Physician Assistant (PA-C) or Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber (APNP) and must be based on an examination conducted within the past three months, unless otherwise directed by the Medical Review Unit. Health care professionals are protected from liability for reporting potentially unsafe drivers to the Department pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 448.03.

Restrictions

A license may be restricted based on a health care professional’s recommendation or a driving evaluation. Some examples of acceptable restrictions include:

  • Daylight driving only
  • Limited area driving
  • No freeway or interstate driving

Some examples of unacceptable restrictions include:

  • Driving with someone else in the car
  • Must check blood sugars before driving
  • No long distance driving

Functional ability

Diagnosis alone is not as important as how the condition affects ability to function as a driver. Areas of concern include:

  • Effects or side effects of medication
  • Reliability in following a prescribed treatment program
  • Behavioral and physical stability
  • Cognitive ("thinking") ability
  • Judgment and insight
  • Ability to stay alert
  • Reaction time
  • Range of motion (the ability to maneuver and use arms and legs)
  • Strength and endurance
  • Abuse of alcohol and other drugs

Board can review decision

Anyone whose license is canceled or denied because of a medical condition is entitled to a review by the Medical Review Board. Information about this process is included in the notice of licensing action sent to the driver.

Temporary surrender possible

A license may be surrendered if a disability or medical condition interferes with safe driving. An identification (ID) card can be issued at the time the license is surrendered. A driver is eligible for a no-cost ID card if the DMV cancels their license after a special examination or accepts the voluntary surrender under 343.265(1) of a driver license due to a mental or physical disability, or medical condition which prevents or may prevent the person from exercising reasonable control over a motor vehicle. For the no-fee option to apply, the customer must have at least six months left on their license at the time of cancel or surrender. The driver must apply for a duplicate or renewal license once all licensing requirements are met.

See Voluntary temporary surrender of a driver license for more information.

Vision standards

All medical and vision standards have been developed based upon available research and advice from physicians and vision specialists in Wisconsin. See Driver license vision standards for more information.

For information about associations, organizations, or advocacy groups related to specific conditions (diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, etc.), check the Yellow Pages® or information section of the telephone book.

Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 266-2327
Fax: (608) 267-0518

Last modified: September 4, 2012
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