Report a medically unfit driver: Optometrists

Optometrists

Optometrists in Ontario are required by law to report to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles any individual who may be suffering from certain eye conditions that may make it dangerous to drive.

The law

Ontario has amended section 203 and 204 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to introduce new mandatory reporting requirements for vision impairments.

Starting July 2018, optometrists must report the following vision conditions

  • A best corrected visual acuity that is below 20/50
  • A visual field that is less than 120 continuous degrees along the horizontal meridian, or less than 15 continuous degrees above and below fixation, or less than 60 degrees to either side of the vertical midline
  • Diplopia that is within 40 degrees of fixation point (in all directions) of primary position

Optometrists will have the discretionary authority to report vision conditions that, in their opinion, make it dangerous for a person to drive using the discretionary section of the reporting form.

For more information about mandatory reporting requirements and discretionary reporting authority, see Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, section 203, and Ontario Regulation 340/94.

Reporting form

The Ministry of Transportation has a reporting form for optometrists to use when they need to report a patient.

To obtain copies of the Vision Report to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles form:

You can save a link to the form on your computer to access in the future. To make sure the document can be read, please do not photocopy it.

How to complete the form

  • complete it on your computer
  • if you are reporting a mandatory condition (Section A) click the box beside the vision condition(s) you are reporting
  • when reporting visual acuity or visual fields below standards indicate the visual acuity or visual field readings in the boxes provided
  • complete Section B if you are making a discretionary report of a visual condition that is not listed as mandatory but that may make it dangerous for your patient to drive
  • complete Part 3 – Practitioner’s Information
  • print it
  • sign it

Note: Complex visual defects, diseases or injuries may require further assessment. These cases will be reviewed on an individual basis in accordance with the vision standards found in Ontario Regulation 340/94 and with the ministry's vision policies.

How to submit the form

Fax or mail the completed form. We suggest you keep a copy for your records. If you submit the report by fax, please do not mail the original.

By mail:

Ministry of Transportation
Registrar of Motor Vehicles
Driver Improvement Office
Medical Review Section
77 Wellesley St. W, Box 589
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N3

By fax: 416-235-3400 or 1-800-304-7889

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