Medical Standards - Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can I appeal my driver's licence suspension?

Q2: What is the fastest way for me to send my medical report to the Ministry of Transportation?

Q3: How can I find out the status of my medical report with the Ministry of Transportation?

Q4: How much does a functional assessment cost?

Q5: What are the components of a functional assessment?

Q6: How can I get a copy of the medical report my doctor sent to the Ministry of Transportation?

Q7. What should I do if I’m concerned about an individual’s medical fitness to drive?

Q1: Can I appeal my driver's licence suspension?

Under Section 50 of the Highway Traffic Act you can appeal a medical suspension or downgrade of your driver's licence to the Licence Appeal Tribunal.

Q2: What is the fastest way for me to send my medical report to the Ministry of Transportation?

The fastest way for the ministry to receive your report is to send it via fax:

  • 416-235-3400
  • 1-800-304-7889

If you are faxing your report please do not mail the original. Make sure you keep the original report for your records.

Q3: How can I find out the status of my medical report with the Ministry of Transportation?

You can follow up on your medical report and get up-to-date information by calling the Ministry of Transportation at:

  • 416-235-1773
  • 1-800-268-1481 (Ontario only)

The system will prompt you what key to press and when to enter your driver's licence number.

Note: there is a delay of about 15 seconds in the prompt to enter your driver's licence number. Please don't hang up or return to the previous menu.

Q4: How much does a functional assessment cost?

The cost of the assessment is set by the assessment centre and is not covered by OHIP. The cost ranges from $500 - $800, but in some cases may be more. The fee includes the services of an occupational therapist and a driving instructor, the use of the vehicle, the associated insurance costs and the preparation of a report.

Insurance companies may cover the costs of the evaluation in some cases (if the medical condition/injury is the result of a motor vehicle collision).

The Ministry of Transportation is not responsible for the driving evaluation fees.

Q5: What are the components of a functional assessment?

A functional assessment includes an in-clinic assessment and an on-road evaluation. It takes 3-4 hours to complete and must be performed by a qualified occupational therapist.

The in-clinic portion of the assessment may include:

  • A brief medical history: general medical information, previous and current medical concerns, lifestyle issues, level of functioning, perception/understanding of abilities and limitations
  • Physical assessment: evaluations relating to range of motion, joint movement, strength, sensation, balance, reaction time, mobility (entering and exiting the vehicle)
  • Vision assessment: results of a basic visual screening (e.g. visual acuity, peripheral vision, depth perception, night vision and glare recovery)
  • Cognitive and perceptual assessments: to determine if the individual has the necessary cognitive and perceptual skills required for safe driving, including results of all tests relating to visual perception, concentration, reaction time, decision-making speed, impulse control, judgement and knowledge of the rules of the road

The on-road portion of the evaluation consists of an in-car examination including basic driving maneuvers.

Q6: How can I get a copy of the medical report my doctor sent to the Ministry of Transportation?

You can request a copy of the information on your file by calling the Medical Review Section at:

  • 416-235-1773
  • 1-800-268-1481 (Ontario only)

All medical information on file with the Ministry of Transportation is confidential. Staff will only discuss the case with the person to whom the information belongs. If you want someone to call on your behalf, you must provide written consent for staff to discuss the details of your file with someone other than you.

Police reports can't be released by the ministry. To get a copy of a police report, you need to go to the appropriate police service.

Q7. What should I do if I’m concerned about an individual’s medical fitness to drive?

If you are concerned about an individual’s medical fitness to drive, you should discuss your concerns with a physician or the police depending on the circumstances and your relationship with the driver.  The physician/police can then make the determination whether a report should be made to the ministry.

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