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Reporting medical conditions that affect your ability to drive

Notify us of a medical condition

If you have a Queensland driver licence you must report any long-term medical conditions that affect your ability to drive safely. You must report these conditions as soon as they develop—you cannot wait until you renew your licence.

If you do not report your condition, you may receive a fine of up to $6,831 and have your licence cancelled.  

You can notify us:

Health professionals may report directly to us if they believe their advice may be ignored or that your condition poses a risk to public safety.

Drivers over 75

All drivers over 75 must carry a valid medical certificate while driving. Any medical certificates issued from 1 January 2014 for drivers over 75 will be valid for a maximum of 12 months.

Medical conditions

Some medical conditions may affect your ability to drive safely, including:

  • alcohol or drug dependency
  • blackouts or fainting
  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • eye or vision problems
  • hearing problems
  • heart disease
  • medications you are taking for other conditions
  • psychiatric disorders
  • sleep disorders
  • stroke.

Combinations of conditions can also affect your driving ability.

Health professionals

If you think you may have a medical condition that affects your ability to drive safely you should see a health professional as soon as possible. Health professionals include:

  • doctors
  • occupational therapists
  • optometrists
  • physiotherapists.

You can bring the private and commercial vehicle driver's health assessment (F3195) (PDF, 71KB) form to help your health professional assess your medical fitness to drive.

A health professional will use guidelines in Assessing Fitness to Drive for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers to determine if you are medically fit to drive.

Medical certificate

If your health professional believes that you are fit to drive you may need a medical certificate (F3712) (PDF, 90KB) to be completed. The medical certificate may include conditions and restrictions that you must obey while driving.

Medical certificates are valid for a period depending on:

  • your medical condition
  • how often your condition needs to be monitored.

You will need to carry your medical certificate with you while driving if you:

  • have the ‘M’ licence condition on your licence
    or
  • are 75 years of age or older—your certificate will be valid for a maximum of 12 months and you will need to visit your doctor at least every 12 months to get a new certificate.

You could be fined up to $2,227 for not carrying your medical certificate.

How your licence is affected

Your medical condition and the recommendation of your health professional determine how your licence will be affected. Your licence could be:

If a medical professional determines that your medical condition makes it unsafe for you to drive, you must surrender your licence. If your licence is current or expired within the last 2 years, you can use it before you surrender it as evidence of identity to apply for an adult proof of age card.

If you drive while your licence is suspended or cancelled, you may get the maximum fine aount or jailed for up to 1 year.

If you don’t agree with the decision you can either:

Did you know?

Some medications can interfere with your ability to drive safely, including:

  • sleeping pills
  • anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications
  • painkillers
  • allergy and cough/cold medicines
  • diabetes medications
  • blood pressure medications.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the effects that your medications may have on your driving ability. Because different drugs can interact with each other, make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows about all of the medications that you’re taking.

Have you turned 75 and are still driving?

Did you know that you once you turn 75 years of age you will need a medical certificate to drive. Learn more about safe driving after 75.

Last updated
8 July 2014

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