Medical fitness to drive

Drivers: medical assessment for fitness to drive

If you have a disability or medical condition, you may need to have a medical assessment to show you are fit to drive. This must be conducted by a medical professional who follows the national Assessing Fitness to Drive guidelines. 

To read the guidelines, go to the Austroads website

Who qualifies as a medical professional

A person registered under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law is considered to be a health professional who can conduct a fitness to drive assessment.

Health professionals include but are not limited to:

  • doctors (medical practitioner)
  • specialists
  • optometrists
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists.

Read the NT law.

When to get a medical assessment

The Driver Licensing Authority (MVR) can issue, renew, suspend and cancel licences (including conditional licences) based on health and driving performance.

You may be required to get a medical assessment of fitness to drive if you fit one of the following:

  • you declare you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your ability to drive
  • a member of the public or a member of NT Police has written to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles concerned about your fitness to drive
  • a health professional reports your fitness to drive to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles with concerns about your ability to drive.

If you are asked to be assessed, this does not mean that you will automatically lose your licence.

Many drivers found to have medical conditions are allowed to keep driving with specific conditions added to their licence.

Before your medical assessment

If you are required to undergo a medical assessment you should follow these steps: 

Step 1. Make an appointment with a health professional that is familiar with your medical history, indicating the purpose of the examination.

Step 2. Respond truthfully to questions from the health professional regarding your health.

Step 3. Follow your prescribed medical treatment.

After the medical assessment

At the end of the medical assessment your health professional should discuss the outcome and any further issues with you. 

Your health professional should provide you with one of the following for you to provide to MVR:

The outcome of your medical assessment can be submitted to the MVR Medical Compliance Unit by one of the following methods:

  • in person - drop your completed medical assessment in to your nearest MVR office
  • by email to mvr.medical@nt.gov.au
  • by post to GPO Box 530, Darwin NT 0801
  • by fax to (08) 8999 3117.

Once you've submitted your health practitioner's report, the MVR Medical Compliance Unit will decide what action should be taken. You will be contacted about the outcome of the assessment.

Your health professional may refer you to a specialist or you may be referred to an occupational therapist to complete an on road driving assessment.

For a list of conditions that may be applied to your licence go to the Drivers: conditions on your licence page.

You must follow the requirements of a conditional licence. Where a periodical medical review is required, the licence will only be renewed up to your next medical due date. For example, where an annual medical review is required, your licence will only be renewed for one year at a time.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017