DMV Substance Abuse Policy
It is the policy of the Department of Motor Vehicles, based on guidance and recommendations from the Medical Advisory Board, that if a driver has a new diagnosis of substance abuse and/or alcoholism, an initial request will be made for proof that the individual is receiving treatment for their condition. The individual will also be asked to furnish a negative drug/alcohol screen. Provided that he/she can furnish proof that treatment is underway and submit a negative alcohol and drug screening report, a three-month periodic medical review will be required.
If a driver tests positive for alcohol and/or drugs or the report indicates noncompliance with or refusal of treatment, the privilege to drive will be suspended immediately and will remain so until negative test results and information demonstrating compliance with treatment are submitted to DMV.
Monitoring and Review of Drivers
After the first 3-month review, the driver will be reviewed in 6 months and then annually for 2 years, assuming that the driver remains stable and compliant with their treatment. The driver must submit a Customer Medical Report (MED-2) approved by DMV that reflects the driver’s compliance with treatment and no relapses of their condition.
If any report indicates that the driver has had a relapse (i.e., a return to use or abuse of alcohol and/or drugs), is noncompliant with treatment, or has had an alcohol or drug-induced seizure, blackout, or a loss of consciousness, DMV will suspend the privilege to drive for six months.
After the medical review indicates that the driver has not had any relapses, seizures, blackouts or loss of consciousness for two years, DMV will discontinue the medical review requirements.
Seizures and/or Blackouts
Drivers who have had an alcohol or drug related seizure, blackout or loss of consciousness will also be subject to the Seizure/Blackout Policy.
DMV reserves the right to ask for additional information from a driver.
DMV may impose additional requirements on the individual depending on the information received by the agency. DMV also reserves the right to request that a driver provide additional information in order to assess their ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.