Will I lose my drivers license if I have a stroke?

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Drivers License Restrictions Following a Stroke

All states have different rules governing medical conditions. It's not uncommon for stroke victims to resume driving again, sometimes with the assistance of modified driving equipment. But before you can consider driving, or even maintaining your driver license, you will have to pass a medical evaluation as dictated by your state. These evaluations generally focus on the following:

  • Vision 
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Memory loss or lapses
  • Impaired or altered consciousness
  • Neurological conditions
  • Range of motion (in arms and legs)
  • Strength and endurance
  • Reaction and judgement
  • Effects or side effects of medication
Following an evaluation, a physician may allow you to drive but with certain restrictions. These may include:

  • Daytime driving only 
  • No interstate or freeway driving
  • No driving with passengers
  • No long distance driving

If a physician recommends that your driver license be cancelled or denied, most states will allow you to appeal the decision before a designated Medical Advisory Board. 

And in case you're thinking of avoiding informing the DMV of a stroke, most physicians are required, by law, to report clients to the DMV following strokes, seizures and loss of motor coordination.

For more information regarding strokes in your state, contact your local DMV office.

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