Jurisdictions across Canada, including Alberta, use the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators Medical Standards as a guideline in establishing the basic minimum medical and visual qualifications for safe driving.
In Alberta, you are required by law to report any medical or physical conditions or changes in health that may affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
All medical reports are kept confidential and are only used to determine medical fitness to drive.
Having a medical condition or functional limitation does not necessarily mean that your ability to drive will be restricted. The type of illness/limitation, treatment, medications and other factors are reviewed to determine the effect of the condition on your fitness and ability to drive. Decisions regarding ability to drive are based on the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators Medical Standards.
Commercial drivers require a higher level of fitness because of the nature of their cargo, types of vehicles being driven, nature of physical work, exposure due to significant number of kilometres driven and the consequences of a collision involving a large vehicle.
How to report a medical condition
Step 1. Contact Driver Fitness and Monitoring
Contact Driver Fitness and Monitoring to report your medical and/or physical condition(s) that may affect your ability to drive:
Step 2. You will receive a letter
Your case will be reviewed within one to 3 months, depending on its complexity.
After disclosing your condition(s), you will be contacted by mail and may be asked to submit medical documentation referencing your medical and/or physical condition(s).
Failure to comply with medical fitness requirements may result in a driver’s licence suspension and invalid vehicle insurance and registration.
Step 3. Submit documentation
Send the required documentation, as indicated in the information you received from Driver Fitness and Monitoring, by mail, email or fax to Driver Fitness and Monitoring.
Your physician must complete the Medical Examination for Motor Vehicle Operators (PDF, 561 KB) form or special medical form if requested and submit it to Driver Fitness and Monitoring for review.
If requested, you must submit have an optometrist or ophthalmologist complete a Visual Referral Report (PDF, 92 KB) for you.
These forms are available in most physician offices and at any Alberta registry agent.
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Step 4. You will receive a letter
Driver Fitness and Monitoring may request additional medical information depending on the type of medical condition, recommendation from the physician and licence class.
You will be contacted by letter acknowledging receipt of the information and advising of the approval status and of any other requirements.
Medical examination requirements
For Class 3, 5, 6 and 7 driver’s licences, medical examinations are required at:
- age 75
- age 80
- every 2 years after age 80
The same report is required for Class 1, 2 and 4 commercial drivers’ licences:
- every 5 years until age 45
- every 2 years after age 45 until age 65
- annually after age 65
Medical report costs
Medical examinations and the completion of forms required to obtain or renew a driver’s licence are not covered under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan for Albertans younger than 74.5 years of age. These services are covered for those 74.5 years of age and older. For those not covered, physicians may bill the patient directly for the examination and form completion.
Medical reports and licence renewals
A medical report can be used to apply for or renew your licence, provided it has been completed within the past 6 months. Once a medical report is approved, it is valid for one year from the date of approval.
Healthcare professionals may refer a patient for a driving assessment if they have concerns regarding the patient’s medical fitness to drive. These assessments are conducted by an occupational therapist, driving rehabilitation specialist or an independent assessment agency.
There are various driving assessments agencies. It is recommended that you talk to your physician about which assessment is right for you.
Cancelling your driver’s licence
If you do not want to drive anymore you can go to any Alberta registry agent office to turn in your driver’s licence and obtain a Class 8 photo ID card if you require photo identification.
Connect with Driver Fitness and Monitoring:
Hours: 8:15 am to 12 pm, and 1 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
Room 109, 4999 98 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X3