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An At-Risk driver is one who no longer has the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Age alone does not make an individual an at-risk driver.
Some health problems that may affect driving ability are:
Seizure or loss of consciousness
Stroke/arthritis: Inability to tightly grip a steering wheel, reduced physical strength, inability to easily move foot from gas to brake pedal, inability to look over shoulder
Various forms of dementia: Reduced ability to react quickly and decisively to traffic conditions and confusion
Severe eye ailments: Lessened ability to focus on object and shift focus quickly, lessened ability to focus on fine details, reduced peripheral vision, poor night vision, sensitivity to glare, weakened depth perception
Medication side effects/drug interaction (including over the counter): Drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, muscle relaxation
Hearing loss: Inability to hear high-pitched sounds, hearing loss that leads to inattentive driving, poorly maintained or incorrectly worn hearing aids
Catastrophic or chronic disease, such as Parkinson’s
Reporting At-Risk Drivers
Your request must be in writing and include the following information:
Send your request to: Driver and Vehicle Services, Attn: Medical Unit, 445 Minnesota Street Suite 170, St. Paul, MN 55101-5170.
What happens next?
Driver and Vehicles Services will schedule an appointment for the at-risk driver with a driver evaluator. The at-risk driver will receive a letter with the date and time of the appointment.
If the at-risk driver fails to respond to the letter or keep the appointment, his or her driving privileges may be canceled.
After the interview is concluded, the evaluator may require the at-risk driver to submit a written physician’s or vision statement and pass a driver's license test (knowledge and road).
If it is determined that the at-risk driver must surrender his or her driver's license, the at-risk driver is still eligible for a Minnesota photo identification card.
Minnesota statutes and rules related to testing and assessing at-risk drivers:
Minnesota Statute 171.04
Minnesota Statute 171.13
Minnesota Statute 171.14
Minnesota Rule 7409.2800
Minnesota Rule 7410.2100
Minnesota Rule 7410.2700
Minnesota Rule 7410.2800
Minnesota Rule 7410.3000
Minnesota Rule 7410.4200
Minnesota Rule 7410.4400
Medical Conditions and Your License - Just the Facts
Diabetic Report (PS31077)Seizure/Loss of Consciousness Waiver (PS31015)Vision Report (PS30338)Ophthalmologist Examination Report (D4)
Driver Services: Dvs.email@example.com
Medical Unit: (651) 282-2463
DVS Office Locations
Medical Concerns Page
Identification Card Page