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DMV Policy for Adaptive Equipment and Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist Referrals

It is the policy of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) based on advice of the Medical Advisory Board that drivers who are newly in need of adaptive equipment requiring fitting by a specialist or a prescription from a medical provider of any type, should be referred for a Certified Driving Rehabiilition Specialist (CDRS) evaluation. This equipment includes, but is not limited to, left foot accelerators, spinner knobs, hand controls, and signal adaptors.

Drivers who have been using adaptive equipment for a long-term disability should take a DMV road skills examination. If possible, DMV should attempt to obtain the original driver evaluation. However, if DMV receives a report of a problem with the driver's adaptive equipment or with the driver’s ability to use the adaptive equipment successfully, the individual must be evaulated by a CDRS provider.

Drivers who have minor vehicle modifications that assist them to fit into their vehicle do not need to be referred for a CDRS evaluation. Such equipment includes, but is not limited to, a pedal extender, seat cushion, oversized ignition key, seat belt grip.

Additional Information

DMV reserves the right to request that a driver provide additional information from a specialist in order to determine the severity of the condition and to assess the driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

DMV may also impose additional requirements on the individual depending on the information received.