Does a handicap or disabled driver require a special drivers license?

Not necessarily. Most states subject disabled drivers to the same tests and procedures as non-disabled drivers. Every state, however, does offer handicap plates and placards to ease the parking frustrations of handicapped drivers.

Most states will restrict the drivers license of a handicapped applicant, based on the particular handicap in question. Many of us are familiar with the license restriction for poor eyesight, requiring such drivers to wear corrective lenses whenever operating a motor vehicle. The same sort of restriction might apply for a prosthetic limb or severe hearing impairment. Connecticut, for example, restricts your license for the two aforementioned conditions, or any type of medical waiver you might require.

To obtain your drivers license as a disabled driver, you will need to pass the usual battery of written and road tests. Many DMV offices offer special accommodations for handicapped drivers. If your car is modified in some way to assist with your disability, you will need to use that vehicle for any road tests, and your license will likely be restricted to use of that vehicle.

Mental disabilities also apply. In Virginia, for example, any medical or mental condition must be reported to the DMV, especially if you suffer from seizures or blackouts.

Don't forget to investigate your particular needs for car insurance, and the special riders that might apply.

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