The Medical Advisory Board (MAB) is a panel of licensed doctors appointed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to review medical documentation relating to an individual’s ability to drive. MAB evaluates all medical information concerning an individual’s medical condition and provides the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with a recommendation on driver licensing.
DPS may revoke the driver license of any individual found to be medically incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle.
DPS is responsible for maintaining the safety of all individuals who share the roadways in Texas. As a result, it is sometimes necessary to request information from individuals regarding their current medical condition and determine how that may affect their ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Customer Service Representatives (CSR) are trained to evaluate an applicant’s physical appearance and conduct a basic investigation on every individual who applies for a driver license. The CSR may sometimes ask individuals additional questions or require them to take a driving, written and vision test. Based on the results of these tests, an individual may be called back to the driver license office for further investigation.
The most common ways an individual is referred to MAB are:
In certain circumstances, individuals may be eligible to request a hearing to contest the revocation of their driver license. If the request is approved, DPS will send a letter to the individual to the address on record. The letter will provide the date, time and location of the hearing. Please allow up to 120 days for a hearing to be scheduled.
Hearings are conducted in a municipal or justice court in the county where the individual lives. During the hearing, the individual is responsible for providing facts to the presiding officer who will determine if the grounds for the revocation are valid.
All of the following revocation actions require the individual to pay reinstatement fees prior to the renewal or issuance of their driver license:
An individual may submit, in writing, their concerns of drivers who may have a medical condition that could affect their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. All written concerns may be submitted anonymously to DPS (i.e. the document is not required to be signed by the individual reporting the concern).
Verbal notification is not sufficient evidence for DPS to take action. Please provide a detailed explanation as to why it is unsafe for the individual reported to operate a motor vehicle. Avoid personalizing information in the written statement and focus on the facts. Be advised all information submitted to DPS is subject to the Open Records Act / Texas Public Information Act.
Information may be submitted to DPS by mail, fax or email.
Texas Department of Public Safety
Enforcement and Compliance Service
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0320
Several organizations provide free seminars and other assessment tools to help individuals evaluate their driving skills, including:
Individuals who have their driver license denied and/or revoked for medical reasons may not be eligible for an occupational license.
For individuals who are required to submit compliance documents (i.e. certificate of completion, SR-22, etc.), their driver eligibility status will change from “ineligible” to “eligible” on the License Eligibility website once all documents have been processed and fees have been paid.