The Medical Advisory Board (MAB) is comprised of physicians specializing in various areas of medicine. They work closely with the MVA to ensure that a driver is capable of safely operating a motor vehicle.
Why would the Medical Advisory Board (MAB) review my situation?
Approval by Driver Wellness & Safety and/or the Medical Advisory Board is required if you have any of the conditions listed below. If you have a listed condition and you are applying for a learner's permit, you must have approval prior to the issuance of the permit. If your driver's license has been revoked and you have asked to have it reinstated, you may be referred by the MVA for review by Driver Wellness and Safety and/or the Medical Advisory Board.
- Diabetes that has caused a low blood sugar episode requiring assistance from another person in the last 6 months;
- A heart condition that has caused a loss of consciousness in the past 6 months;
- A condition that causes you to have dizzy spells, fainting, or blackouts;
- Sleep apnea or narcolepsy;
- A history of traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- A condition that causes weakness, shaking, or numbness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet that may affect your ability to drive;
- A hand, arm, foot, or leg that is absent, amputated, or has a loss of function that may affect your ability to drive;
- An eye problem which prevents a corrected minimum visual acuity of 20/70 in at least one eye or binocular field of vision of at least 110 degrees;
- Alcohol use problem;
- Drug use problem;
- A mental health condition that may affect your ability to drive;
- Schizophrenia; or
For a variety of other reasons, your name also may be given to the MVA for possible referral to the Board, by any of the following:
- Law enforcement agencies
- Judges or attorneys
- Private physicians, hospitals or health care providers
- Complaints from private citizens (after investigation by the MVA)
If you are referred, the MVA’s Driver Wellness and Safety Division (DW&S) will send you an information packet indicating additional information needed from you. The DW&S may then decide to refer you for an MAB evaluation.
The MAB does not perform medical examinations. The physician evaluating your situation primarily depends upon reports from your physician or treatment source. However, the physician may ask you to come in for an interview.
What happens after the Medical Advisory Board (MAB) review?
After a thorough review of your situation, the Board will return recommendations to the MVA’s Driver Wellness and Safety Division (DW&S) for final action. The MVA may take a variety of actions, from allowing you to continue to drive or to suspend your driving privileges. Please note that all medical records obtained by the MVA and the MAB are confidential and not open to public inspection. Your records may only be revealed upon court order and may only be used to determine your driving qualifications.
If the MVA decides to suspend or refuse your driving privileges, and you do not agree with the decision, you may contact the MVA’s Driver Wellness and Safety Division and request an administrative hearing.
If you need another copy of a form, please select from the following:
- DC-001 Driver Wellness & Safety Division Health Questionnaire
- DC-001A Alcohol & Drug Use Questionnaire - Driver Wellness & Safety Division
- DC-119 Physician's Report
- There is no fee involved in this process.
Driver Wellness and Safety Division
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
For telephone questions:
MVA Customer Service Center: 1-410-768-7000
TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-301-729-4563
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