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The Medical Advisory Board (MAB) is comprised of physicians from various medical specialties. The objective of the MAB is to assess mental and medical fitness to drive of individuals who have conditions that can impact on their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The MAB functions by reviewing the medical information of drivers and providing advice and recommendations to the Driver Wellness and Safety Division (DW&S) of the MVA. The MAB does not make the final decision as to whether or not to license or to suspend a driver's license. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis.
Depending on the stability and progress of a medical condition, MAB may recommend periodic evaluations. In many cases, drivers whose license privileges have not been approved or have been suspended, may be approved at a later time when their medical condition has improved.
When a person is referred to the Medical Advisory Board for evaluation, the MAB reviews pertinent medical information from the individual's personal physician(s) or other treatment provider(s) since those clinicians are the ones most familiar with the individual's condition. Upon review of those materials, the MAB may request additional information or evaluations. The MAB does not perform medical examinations. On occasion, the MAB may request a personal interview with an individual before a recommendation is made to the Driver Wellness & Safety Division of the MVA.
Review and approval by the MVA's Driver Wellness & Safety Division and/or the Medical Advisory Board is required if a person has any of the conditions listed below which may affect their ability to drive. If someone has one of these medical conditions, they must notify MVA when the condition is diagnosed or when applying for or renewing a driver's license.
If a person's license has been revoked and they request to have it reinstated, they may be referred by the MVA for review by the Driver Wellness and Safety Division and/or the Medical Advisory Board.
Other than self-reports, individuals may be brought to the attention of MVA for possible medical review by the MAB from:
Self-reports of any medical condition can be submitted at the MVA office at the time of renewal, or can be submitted anytime by email or fax to the MVA contact information with all the basic information included.
Referrals from professionals – particularly law enforcement officials and health care providers – should be reported directly to MVA if there are concerns about medical fitness to drive. Health care professionals may report to MVA by simply providing a statement on their letterhead identifying concerns with their patient’s ability to drive safely. Healthcare providers may also report with an easy-to-use form for Referral to the Maryland MVA. Either the letter or form should be sent to the MVA at contact information.
In addition, the MVA accepts referrals from concerned private citizens – neighbors, friends, and family - of drivers with potential problems regarding their ability to drive. A letter of concern should be submitted via email or fax to the MVA contact information. The letter of concern should include as much of the basic information as possible. If the concerned citizen wishes to remain anonymous, they should indicate that wish in their communication to the MVA.
Once MVA receives a referral, they are processed as follows:
Any notice to MVA of any referral for possible medical review should include all the following basic information:
If you are a clinician, you can use this form to refer a patient to MVA's medical review process:
(DC-220) Voluntary Physician / Healthcare Professional Referral to the Maryland MVA
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
Driver Wellness and Safety Division
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
Fax number: 410-768-7627
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