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Driver's medical exam

Have you or someone you know been asked to take a driver's medical examination? Here's what to do and what to expect.

After receiving your Driver Medical Examination form, you'll have 45 days to complete and submit it. It's important to submit it on time—if you miss that deadline your licence may be cancelled.

Completing your driver's medical exam form

To complete your Driver Medical Examination form, you'll need to take it to a doctor. When you make your appointment, be sure to let the doctor know it's for a driver's medical examination.

What happens next 

After your form is submitted, the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV) will review it. If a medical condition might be of concern, they might request further assessment or an ICBC driver re-exam road test.

Common reasons you may require a driver's medical examination

There are many reasons why a driver might need to have a medical examination. Here are the most common:

Seniors 80 and older

A couple of months before you turn 80 you'll receive a notice to take a medical examination. You'll need to take a medical exam that year and every two years thereafter.

Ongoing or reported medical conditions

If you have an on-going or reported medical condition that might affect your ability to drive, you'll be asked to take a driver's medical exam. The type and frequency of the exams is determined by the OSMV.

Commercial drivers

As a commercial driver, you'll take a medical exam when applying for your licence, as well as on a scheduled basis after that. A doctor usually charges you a fee for these exams.

Downgrading your licence

If you've been asked to take your routine commercial medical examination but no longer need your commercial licence, you may choose to downgrade it and opt out of the exam.

To downgrade your licence, visit any driver licensing office or contact us.

Getting your commercial licence back

If you've downgraded your commercial licence less than three years ago, you may be able to get it back without taking any tests other than the medical examination. 

To apply, visit any driver licensing office.

Questions

If you have any questions about your licence and the driver's medical exam, please contact us.