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Medical fitness to drive

Due to increased demands on the South Australian Health sector, the requirement to submit a certificate of fitness has been relaxed for some licence holders.

Please note, this is a temporary measure and is dependent on licence class and type of medical condition (if any).

Licence holders will be advised of their specific requirements once further measures are implemented.

Drivers must report a medical condition that could affect their ability to drive 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.

What you need

Medical assessments

If you’re applying for a driver’s licence for the first time and you need a medical examination, Service SA will provide you with a certificate of fitness. Your health professional will need to complete the certificate before your licence can be issued.

A certificate of fitness will also be 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 (eg, heavy vehicle or motorbike)

Assessing fitness to drive

When completing a certificate of fitness, 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.


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 .

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

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

How to submit an assessment

To report a medical condition, submit a certificate of fitness (697.4 KB PDF) to Service SA. For further information call 13 10 84.


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


Scan your completed form and email it to

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

In person

Submit your certificate of fitness or self-assessment in person at a Service SA customer service centre.


Mail the completed certificate of fitness or self-assessment to:

Service SA
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001

Contact Service SA


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.

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