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Registry of Motor Vehicles - Medicals

You must file a completed Driver's Medical Examination Report when you first apply for a licence class 1,2,3,4, at licence renewal, and annually after age 64. Medical information may be requested at the Registry's discretion when applicable. No medical is required for class 5,6,7,8 unless there is specific medical condition and one is requested.

The Driver's Medical Examination Report, as well as other RMV forms, is available from the Forms and Applications area of this website.

For class 1, 2, 3, and 4 licences, certain health standards must be met.

Some conditions may prohibit the issuance of a Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 licence. Some examples are:
icertain diseases of the brain
iParkinson's disease
icertain heart conditions
imultiple sclerosis
icertain diabetic conditions

In addition, permission to drive Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 vehicles may not be given to amputees and people with mobility impairments (such as lack of range of motion of the head), paralysis of any limb, or disabling rheumatism or arthritis.

Applicants for Class 1, 2, or 4 licences must meet the following vision standards:
ivision in both eyes
iacuity not less than 20/50 (6/15) in poorer eye and 20/30 (6/9) in the better eye, with or without correction
ino diplopia (double vision)
ifield of vision not less than 120 degrees in each eye

Applicants for Class 3 licences must meet the same standards as Classes 1, 2, and 4 (above) except as follows:
ivisual acuity not less than 20/40 (6/12) in at least one eye
i field of vision not less than 120 degrees with both eyes open and examined together

You must be able to hear a forced whisper at 1.5 to 2 metres or to engage in a normal conversation at 8 to 10 metres.

When assessing medical reports the department is assisted by a committee of medical specialists. Decisions are based on guidelines developed by the Canadian Medical Association and the National Safety Codes' medical standards for drivers developed by medical advisors from across Canada.

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