DRIVING

Every state restricts or puts limits on driving for people with seizures. Seizure free periods vary from state to state. Individual circumstances and a doctor's recommendation may also contribute to driving restrictions. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), not the doctor, makes the decision on driving in most states. Make sure you fill out forms from the DMV fully and honestly. People with epilepsy also have a legal obligation to report seizures to the DMV or indicate that they have epilepsy when applying or renewing a license. Do not drive if you are having seizures or side effects that affect your ability to be safe on the road. Consult your doctor to discuss any concerns you may have.

MAINE

Seizure free period : as little as 3 months and as long as 2 years – dependent on medical prognosis

Periodic medical updates required after licensing : every 2 or 4 years at discretion of DMV

MD required to report epilepsy :  NO

DMV Appeal of License Denial :  Within 10 days

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Seizure free period :  6 months with exceptions

Periodic medical updates required after licensing: At DMV’s discretion

MD required to report epilepsy : NO

DMV Appeal of License Denial:  within 14 days

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Seizure free period :  1 year or less at discretion of DMV

Periodic medical updates required after licensing:  NO

MD required to report epilepsy : NO

DMV Appeal of License Denial:  within 15 days

 

RHODE ISLAND

Seizure free period :  18 months or less at discretion of DMV

Periodic medical updates required after licensing: at discretion of DMV

MD required to report epilepsy : NO

DMV Appeal of License Denial:  Within 10 days