The following is a list of the minimum requirements that must be met prior to being able to book in for an occupational therapy driving assessment:
1. License: You must have a current and valid driver’s license from the state in which you live. This may include a Class-C (car) license OR a valid learner’s permit. If you are unsure if your license remains current and valid, please contact the transport authority in your state.
2. Medical Condition Notification: By law, you (or your doctor) must have notified the transport authority of your medical condition. Failure to do so can impact the validity of your insurance in the event of an accident. You can do this in person at a Service Centre. Specifically,
IN QUEENSLAND: You may also notify of a medical condition online. Please follow this link to learn more: www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/update/medical/notify
IN NEW SOUTH WALES: Please present to a Service NSW Centre to notify the RMS of your condition in person. Alternatively, your doctor can notify the RMS online.
3. Transport Authority Medical Forms:
NSW: If you live in NSW, upon notification of your medical condition, the RMS may require your GP or specialist to complete the RMS ‘Medical Fitness to Drive Assessment’ Form. The RMS may post you this form, or you can pick one up in person from a Service NSW Centre. Once this form is completed you must return it to a Service NSW Centre (or your GP can submit it directly to the RMS Online).
QLD: If you live in QLD, the Dept. of Transport & Main Roads requires that you have a current / interim ‘Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Driver’ Form to indicate that your doctor feels you meet the criteria to participate in an OT Driving Assessment. You can obtain this form in person from a service centre, OR online at www.support.transport.qld.gov.au/qt/formsdat.nsf/forms/QF3712/$file/F3712_CFD.pdf. Your GP must complete this form and you must return it to a QLD Dept. of Transport service centre OR upload it online.
3. Doctor’s Referral: We require a doctor’s referral for an OT driver assessment. Your doctor can fax this directly to us on 07 5677 0269, and most doctors will complete this at the same time that the required medical form is completed. In some specific cases, for example, if you are seeking an assessment to assist with pain management or ergonomics, we may not require a referral from your doctor. Give us a call to discuss.
4. Vision Assessment: IF you have had visual changes associated with your medical condition (or otherwise), we recommend an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or orthoptist report to accompany your referral. If you have not had changes to your vision a basic test with your GP is usually sufficient.
Click HERE for a flow-chart of the processes in QLD and NSW.
Please be aware that you will not be booked in for an OT driving assessment until these minimum requirements have been met. Please give us a call for more information if needed.