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License Suspension for Medical Reasons Disorders characterized by lapses of consciousness are caused by different medical conditions. The most common disorder seen by the DMV is epilepsy. The state code of regulations contain regulations regarding lapses of consciousness disorders. While it is not a diseases, epilepsy can occur at any age and is spontaneously remitted. A person who has epilepsy has recurring seizures. There is no specific known cause why people have epileptic seizures. What is known is that anything that hinders normal brain function like infection, trauma, stroke, tumor, high fever, injury, birth injury, overdose of toxins from drugs or alcohol, metabolic imbalances, or genetics, can cause seizures. If you have loss of awareness or loss of consciousness, it can also be due to sleep disorders. There are types of lapses of consciousness disorders that doctors are not able to treat. If a driver is evaluated to have a lapse of consciousness disorder, there are different actions prescribed to be taken. The four types of action for drivers with this type of disorder are: no action, undergo medical probation, suspension or revocation of license.
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With the authority given them under the vehicle code, the DMV puts a driving privilege on probation instead of suspension or revocation. In this medical probation, the department has to monitor the medical condition of the drive on ongoing basis.
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There are two kinds of medical probation that a drier with lapse of consciousness disorder falls under. Under medical probation, a person can still continue driving if he has controlled epilepsy and other disorders characterized by a lapse of consciousness. A driver can only get a medical probation status if he has achieved control of his lapse of consciousness disorder for at least three months. If a driver was able to control his disorder for a period of three to five months, then he can be under the first type of medical probation. The physicians of the driver is required to submit a Driver Medical Evaluation to be submitted to the DMV on a prescribed basis in this type of medical probation. Placing a driver under this type of medical probation has some considerations. The considerations include seizure type, seizure manifestations, seizure history, medical and lifestyle history, and the seizure free period prior to the last episode. The second type of medical probation is for those drivers who have achieve longer control of their disorder, specifically for six or more months but due to other factors, there is a slight possibility of another seizure. In this type of probation, the driver is required to report regularly to the department on the status of his disorder. The driver’s medical history and established reliability is the basis for placing a driver under this type of probation. The driver’s likelihood of complying with the requirements honestly is what is considered in the reliability factor.