Medical fitness to drive

If you are required to submit a Certificate of Fitness, it will be posted to you. The certificate must be completed by your health professional and returned to Service SA by the due date.

Licence holders must report a medical condition that could affect their ability to drive.This can be when applying for or renewing your licence or at the time the condition is diagnosed.

Health practitioners must also report if a patient’s medical condition may affect their ability to drive.

Who is this for

People who declare or have been diagnosed with a medical condition, or take medication that may affect their ability to drive.

People over 70 years who have a licence class other than car.

People over 75 years.

Medical conditions

Many medical conditions can affect your ability to drive safely, for example:

  • blackouts
  • cardiovascular conditions
  • heart disease
  • diabetes controlled by insulin or tablet
  • hearing loss
  • neurological conditions such as epilepsy, seizures, dementia and head injury
  • psychiatric conditions
  • sleep disorders
  • arthritis
  • vision and eye disorders

If you or a health professional reports a new medical condition that could affect your ability to drive, then a medical certificate will be required. In some cases you may also be required to pass a driving test.

What you need

Medical certificate

If you report a new medical condition a medical certificate will be required. Your health professional will need to complete the certificate before your licence can be issued or renewed.

The medical certificate required will depend on the licence class you hold:

A medical certificate is posted to a licence holder if one of the following applies:

  • A previous medical condition is recorded that is subject to periodic review.
  • The licence holder is aged 70 or older and has a class other than car (e.g. heavy vehicle or motorbike)

If you no longer require a class of licence other than car, you can downgrade your licence. Attend a Service SA customer service centre with your driver's licence. A replacement licence will be issued at no cost. A medical certificate will not be required if there are no medical conditions recorded.

How to submit a medical certificate

Email

Scan your completed medical certificate and email it to servicesa@sa.gov.au.

All pages including the front page of the medical certificate must be included in the scanned document.

In person

Submit your medical certificate in person at a Service SA customer service centre.

Post

Mail the completed medical certificate to:

Service SA
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001

Self assessment

A self assessment is designed to help a licence holder consider their health and their ability to drive safely.

From the age of 75 years, and if no previous medical condition is recorded, a self assessment will be posted annually to holders of a car licence. The self-assessment is sent around the time of the licence holder’s birthday .

The self assessment can be completed online if you have a mySA GOV account.

If the applicant responds 'yes' to any questions on the self-assessment or is unsure, a health professional will need to complete the assessment.

How to submit a self assessment

Online

Self assessments can be completed online if you have a mySA GOV account.

Email

Scan your completed self assessment and email it to servicesa@sa.gov.au

All pages including the front page of the self assessment must be included in the scanned document.

In person

Submit your self assessment in person at a Service SA customer service centre.

Post

Mail the completed self assessment to:

Service SA
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001

Assessing fitness to drive

When completing a medical certificate, health professional must examine the licence holder in accordance with the standards contained in the National Transport Commission national guidelines Assessing fitness to drive - commercial and private vehicle drivers October 2016.

The guidelines have been adopted for use by health professionals and driver licensing authorities in all states and territories of Australia and New Zealand.

Surrendering your driver's licence

If you no longer wish to drive or are no longer fit to drive, you can surrender your licence. Complete the application for surrender of licence (46.3 KB PDF) and submit:

In person

At a Service SA customer service centre.

Post

Mail the completed application and your photo licence to:

Service SA
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001

Contact Service SA

Online

Only send general enquiries online. Service SA will respond within three working days.

If the matter is urgent or is specifically about your current licence or registration, please phone or visit a customer service centre instead.

Enquire now

Phone

Call Service SA Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays on:

In person

Service SA Customer Service Centre locations and opening hours.


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Page last updated 25 September 2020

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Department for Infrastructure and Transport
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Last Updated:
25/09/20
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