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Massachusetts law about medical qualifications to operate a motor vehicle

A compilation of laws, regulations, and web sources on medical qualifications to operate a motor vehicle law.

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Massachusetts laws

MGL c.90, s.8 says, in part, "An applicant for the renewal of a license 75 years of age or older shall apply for a renewal in person at a registry branch office."

MGL c.90, s.8C Medical Advisory Board

MGL c.90, s.22I Permits health care providers and law enforcement officers to report "cognitive or functional impairment or incapability to operate motor vehicle safely" to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Massachusetts regulations

105 CMR 309 Safe driving
"designate[s] for health care providers and the Registry of Motor Vehicles cognitive or functional impairments that are likely to affect a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle."

540 CMR 24 Medical qualifications for operators of motor vehicles
"provid[es] minimum physical and mental qualification standards determined to be necessary for the safe operation of a motor vehicle."

Web sources

Older drivers, Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles
Includes information for older drivers, their families, and physicians on safe driving for the elderly and reporting concerns about health issues affecting driving ability.

Medical standards related to driving, Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles
Includes information on reporting an impaired driver, getting a disability plate or placard, and more.

Physician Focus: Medical Aspects of Impaired Driving, Mass. Medical Society, 2011
Describes regulations that help doctors assess impairments that may affect driving.

Senior Driving, AAA.
Includes Evaluating your Driving Ability, Improve Your Driving Skills, Resources for Family and Friends, and more.



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