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What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

  • Is there someone in your life whose driving is causing you concern?
  • Are they frequently having close calls?
  • Do they become confused or distracted easily?
  • Do they get lost in areas that should be familiar?
  • Do their reflexes or mobility make them unable to respond in emergencies?

If you answered yes to any of these or other similar questions, Voluntarily surrendering their driving privileges may be something to talk to your loved one about.

What if the person won’t listen?

Giving up driving is one of the hardest choices people face. Sometimes, it isn’t a choice people are willing or able to make for themselves.

In these cases, loved ones may have to step in and do what is right for the safety of the loved one and the rest of the community.

Here are the options you have to make sure the one you care about stays safe:

Option 1: Talk to the treating physician:

If you are able to discuss the situation with the treating physician, and the health care provider agrees the time has come for the individual to retest or look for alternative means of transportation, the physician may submit their recommendation to the North Dakota Drivers License Division.

The department does have authority to use medical advice in requiring re-examination for, or suspension of, driving privileges. A medical examination report (SFN 4569) must be submitted by a physician for processing.

A letter will be sent to the driver letting him/her know what will be required, or when their privileges to drive will no longer be valid.

Option 2: Submit correspondence:

If you are unable to discuss the situation with the individual’s physician, you may submit a written statement to the North Dakota Drivers License Division as to what the person is doing wrong, explaining how he/she is unsafe.

The written statement must be detail-oriented and specifically address concerns regarding the medical, physical or mental status of the individual in question.

Age is not a sufficient reason.

No third party or anonymous information will be accepted. The report must contain the date and the reporting party’s signature.

Please submit correspondence to the following address:

Drivers License Division

Attention: Medical Program Coordinator

608 East Boulevard Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58505-0750

Who can make a report?

Licensed health care provider

A Medical Examination Report (SFN 4569) may be completed and submitted by a licensed health care provider to the Drivers License Division with their recommendations concerning driving.

Law enforcement

A Law enforcement officer may complete and submit a Request for reexamination (SFN 13671) to the Drivers License Division.

The re-exam request must include:
  • What the person was doing wrong
  • Why the person is unsafe
  • Date and Signature
  • Specific details pertaining to the medical, physical or mental status of the individual in question.    Age is not a sufficient reason.
  • No third party or anonymous information will be accepted

Vision specialists

A Certificate of Vision Examination (SFN 2342) may be completed and submitted by a Vision Specialist to the Drivers License Division.

Certified driver examiner

A Certified Driver Examiner may complete and submit a Request for Reexamination (SFN 13671) to the Drivers License Division.

Concerned family member/friend/citizen

A concerned Family Member/Friend/Citizen may submit a written statement detailing why they believe the driver is not safe on the roadways.

The written statement must be detail-oriented, using specific firsthand accounts and examples of what the individual is doing wrong.

The statement must be signed and dated by the reporting party. Once received at the Drivers License Division, the Medical Program Coordinator will review the report, and based upon the evidence presented determine what retesting may be required.

Court

If a Judge has reasonable grounds for believing the holder of a driver’s license is incompetent to drive any motor vehicle, the Judge may make the appropriate order declaring such person to be disqualified.

The Driver’s License Division would suspend the driving privileges until a new court order has been provided to the Department indicating the individual is now competent to drive.

The Driver’s License Division may also require testing before the individual in question could become fully licensed again.

When should you report?

Making the decision to report an unsafe driver can be a very difficult decision. Please see our Warning Signs Checklist and our Driving Dilemma Safety Quiz and answer the questions as honestly as possible, as they would apply to the driver in question.

If the answer is “yes” to these important questions, it may be time for you to talk to the health care provider, or submit a report on the driver for review.

What happens if I report?

Reports are carefully screened by the Medical Program Coordinator. As a result, drivers may be requested to submit a medical report from their physician, a vision report from an eye specialist, or they may be required to report to a driver license office for re-testing.

If the Medical Program Coordinator does not find any substance or validity to the complaint, no further action is taken.

Once the reports are received, if the driver does not meet certain medical and/or visual criteria based on State Law, the Drivers License Division would suspend the driving privileges of the individual in question.

If the driver fails to submit the required medical, visual, written or road tests the Department can suspend for fail to file/complete those tests.