Physician Reporting of Unsafe Drivers FAQs
The law does not require that physicians report such drivers or suffer a penalty for not doing so. Section 302.291, RSMo does, however, authorize such reporting. Any legal obligations for such reporting remain those that are related to the physician's legal and ethical obligation to patient safety and the safety of the general motoring public.
Yes. Section 302.291.5, RSMo, provides the physician who reports a patient in good faith with civil immunity from any damages that might otherwise arise from making such a report.
No. These records are confidential and will only be released pursuant to court order or if the license action taken by the director is being reviewed by the court and such records are necessary for the court review.
If the director receives information from the physician indicating that a medical condition has made the driver unsafe, the director will notify the driver that the current license will be revoked after ten days unless the driver presents medical examination information indicating any change in condition.
Yes. The law provides that if the physician reports a temporary condition, the individual may request total or partial reinstatement of his/her license. The driver may petition the director if the condition improves and the individual submits a medical report from that physician, or a physician with the same or similar license.
The driver is given an initial period of 30 days, but for good cause, may be granted additional time if needed
Yes. Pursuant to 302.291, RSMo, the director may require whatever examinations are necessary to determine the driver's continued ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Yes, the Physician's Statement (Form 1528) may be used by physicians in making such reports. The physician is not required to only use this form; however, the form was designed for ease in use and to ensure the director has all the necessary information to take proper action regarding the driver.
Yes. Section 302.292, RSMo established a Medical Vision Advisory Board (MVAB). The board advises the director on medical criteria for the reporting and examination of drivers with medical impairments. The MVAB is composed of three licensed physicians who are residents of the state and are appointed by the director of revenue.
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