Reporting medical conditions that affect your ability to drive
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 over $7,000 and have your licence cancelled.
You can notify us:
- in person
- by completing the medical condition notification (F4355) and sending it to the address as listed on the form.
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.
Some medical conditions may affect your ability to drive safely, including:
- alcohol or drug dependency
- blackouts or fainting
- eye or vision problems
- hearing problems
- heart disease
- medications you are taking for other conditions
- psychiatric disorders
- sleep disorders
Combinations of conditions can also affect your driving ability.
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:
- occupational therapists
You can bring the private and commercial vehicle driver's health assessment (F3195) 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.
If your health professional believes that you are fit to drive you may need a medical certificate (F3712) 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
- 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 over $2,350 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:
- amended to include a licence condition
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. Please note that if you surrender your licence voluntarily or have it cancelled because of a medical condition you may be eligible to receive an Adult Proof of Age card free of charge as an alternative form of photo identity. For more information enquire at a transport and motoring customer service centre or call 13 23 80.
If you drive while your licence is suspended or cancelled, you may get the maximum fine amount or jailed for up to 1 year.
If you don’t agree with the decision you can either:
- ask the Department of Transport and Main Roads to reconsider it
- apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a review.