Connecticut has a Limited License Program for drivers with disabilities. This type of driver’s license is intended for persons whose abilities have changed since they were first licensed to drive. It is also intended for new drivers with disabilities that would not have previously qualified for a (full) driver’s license.
Driving limitations set by the DMV are based on the advice of the driver’s treating doctors. The DMV will review the doctor’s reports and recommendations, and it can also consult with its own Medical Advisory Board in making its final determination. The DMV can also ask the individual to be evaluated by DMV staff or to require the driver to pass an on-the-road driving skills test given by a DMV inspector.
The Limited License Program
The Limited License Program has two goals: (1) it makes sure that the person is driving in a way that is consistent with their doctor’s recommendations; and (2) it allows people to keep their driving privileges, mobility, and independence, without significant risks to themselves and the public at large. The idea behind the Limited License Program is that even though a person may have disabling conditions, the person might still be able to drive with medically-determined limitations.
Limited Licenses can contain one or more of the following limitations:
- Driving permitted only during daylight, beginning ½ hour before sunrise and ending ½ hour after sunset.
- Driver must use corrective lenses prescribed by licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist.
- No driving on highways.
- Vehicle must have automatic transmission.
- Vehicle must have external mirrors located on both left and ride sides of vehicle to reflect a view of at least 200 feet to the rear.
- Vehicle must have special controls or equipment (needed for physical disabilities).
The Limited License specifies the precise restrictions right on the license itself.
Here’s an Example: Wayne is retired and lives independently. He normally drives only to local places, like his doctor’s office and the town’s senior center. He no longer feels comfortable driving at night or on the highways. One afternoon Wayne visits with an old friend and doesn’t start back home until after dark. To try to save time, Wayne jumps onto the highway. He’s quickly overwhelmed and becomes frightened of causing an accident. In a panic, Wayne pulls to the side and calls for police assistance. The police officer immediately realizes that Wayne is scared and confused, and the police officer informs the DMV of his findings. Ultimately, working with the Medical Advisory Board and Wayne’s doctors, Wayne is recommended for a Limited License. He can still drive, but with limitations of no night driving, and no highway driving. Wayne can still go to his doctor’s office and his town’s senior center, but he won’t be able to put himself into situations beyond his abilities. Wayne’s limitations are listed right on his license.
Our attorneys have worked with DMV matters before. If your doctor is recommending a Limited License, or if you have medical conditions that require you to apply for a Limited License, our attorneys and staff can guide you through the DMV process. Please give us a call to discuss your case. I am here to help.