Driver Fitness and Testing
In B.C., doctors, registered psychologists, and optometrists all have a legal duty to report patients whose driving ability is in question. As well, police officers, family members, and other concerned individuals can report unsafe drivers to the Superintendent of Motor vehicles.
Driver Medical Fitness
The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles is responsible for assessing drivers of all ages and making driver fitness decisions. The primary tool used for this assessment is the Driver’s Medical Examination Report (DMER), completed by the driver’s physician - it helps assess the severity, progression, treatment or effects of any medical condition(s) that the driver may have that could affect their fitness to drive.
Beginning at the the age of 80, medical exams are required every two years for all drivers, as medical conditions affecting driving are more common as people reach this age.
To find out more about driver medical fitness assessments, see:
- Driver Medical Fitness (from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General)
The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles can also request that a driver take a driver's re-examination.
Some of the most common reasons for a driver's re-exam are:
- A doctor reports a medical condition that may affect your fitness or ability to drive safely.
- Results of a previous re-exam suggest follow-up testing is necessary.
- A crash report, police report or other report indicates you may be unable or unsure how to handle a common driving situation.
- Your licence has expired for more than three years.
To learn more about driver re-exams and how to prepare, go to: