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 substance abuse treatment. 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 3-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 and will remain so until negative test results 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 is remains stable and compliant with their treatment. The Customer Medical Report (MED-2) must reflect the driver’s compliance with treatment and no relapses of their condition.
If any of the reports indicate that the driver has had a relapse (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 6 months.
After medical review for two years with no relapses, seizures, blackouts or loss of consciousness, 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 if a report received by DMV is suspicious for substance abuse.
During the medical review process, DMV reserves the right to request that a driver provide additional information from a specialist in order to assess their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.