RAiN MedClinic provides a complete medical for driver’s license, including diagnosis and screening for vision, hearing and other health conditions that may hinder driving.
Medical for Driver’s License
There are 7 different classes of driver’s license, ranging from learner driver license to professional driver license. Out of this class 1, 2 and 4 are related to professional driving, involving commercial and heavy vehicles. A medical report is a prerequisite when applying for, or a renewal of, class 1, 2 or 4. You may or may not require a complete medical report when applying or renewing other license classes. Driver’s medicals are generally uninsured services unless the driver is 75 and above, where the cost of the exam is covered by Alberta Health Services. RAiN MedClinic offers a complete medical for driver’s license, whether insured or uninsured.
Re-Classing your Driver’s License
When re-classing your driver’s license from your current class to 1, 2 or 4, you will require a medical report. Our certified and experienced medical professionals help you with a complete health diagnosis and screening that helps you in obtaining the license applied for.
Condition Code Requirements
As a driver, you must meet all specified health requirements to obtain a license. Condition codes may apply for you to ensure you fulfill the specified requirements, or if a health complication needs to be addressed to meet the driving regulations. Adequate lenses, special conditions, periodic medical, periodic vision examination, daylight driving, hand controls, etc are types of condition codes applied to a driver’s license.
Medical for Driver’s License – Age 75 and above
Alberta has no age limit for driving. You can drive as long as you are capable of driving safely. However, medical reports are mandatory for people aged 75 and above, who wish to apply for or renew their license. The medical cost for seniors aged 75 and above is covered by Alberta Health Services. The medical report may be needed annually, every two years, or as required, depending on the individual.
Disabilities and Driving
A medical report provides an analysis of the driver’s health and exposes any conditions that may affect driving. Some of the disabilities that may interfere with the safe operation of a vehicle include:
- Vision impairment
- Hearing loss
- Vestibular disorders such as vertigo and dizziness
- Respiratory Disease such as asthma and lung disease
- Cardiovascular disease such as heart disease or stroke
- Chronic renal diseases like kidney disease
- Psychiatric disorders like mood or anxiety disorders
- Drugs and Driving
- Cognitive Impairment including dementia for example confusion
- General disability and lack of stamina
The presence of these medical conditions does not necessarily mean that a person is not capable of driving. Most of these diseases can be managed and treated.