Drivers License

Debe Pendice
By Debe Pendice Latest Reply 2012-05-04 08:58:55 -0500
Started 2008-11-28 20:19:41 -0600

I haven't driven in the past 4 years. Could someone refresh my memory, did they every ask if we were diabetic? Another one is , is it mark on our license that we are diabetic? I'd like to know the answer to this. I really never payed attention to mine…Debe

20 replies

LukeL 2012-04-28 10:31:27 -0500 Report

Hi Debe the DMV they don't ask if you have diabetes, and you don't have on you drivers license, I have type 2 and I'am a bus driver in NY I know all the rules

Jh862 2008-11-29 13:01:22 -0600 Report

My mom uses insulin and had to take a Drs. notice that she is healthy to her license renewal. Not sure if this was in IL or FL or both states. I wasn't diabetic the last time I got my license so I never remember if I was asked.

vgarrison 2008-11-29 12:20:37 -0600 Report

Apparently it has to do with what state your in…it must be a state law to ask, not a federal one. I have been licensed in 3 states, South Dakota, Louisiana, and Washington, but have never been asked. Then again I wasn't diagnosed when I got any of these licenses, therefore I really don't 100% remember.


Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-11-29 11:11:07 -0600 Report

I've been licensed to drive in 3 states: Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, and have never been asked if I were a diabetic. My previous gentleman friend had both epilepsy and Type 1 DM and he drove (in Oregon) with no problem getting either insurance or his license as his seizures were well-controlled (usually they occurred during the night due to low glucose levels).

caspersmama 2008-11-29 10:02:42 -0600 Report

I was not asked for on my drivers license and I renewed in October 08 but I was asked about it on the car insurance. I renewed it on Friday and I was asked it I had epilepsy or seizures or was I a diabetic on insulin. I was able to say no because no more insulin. So I asked the agent and he said if I was on insulin I would need a note from the doctor that said I was in control and able to drive. This is the first time I have ever encountered this. Has anyone else had this happen to them?

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-29 07:04:07 -0600 Report

The reason of asking is I had my drivers license revoked because I am an amputee and broke my other leg.
When we were down my brothers other Thanksgiving, one of the questions on my nieces Drivers permit was "Do you have any medical conditions" I can't seem to remember back that long ago it that was on my application. Because I would have been a diabetic for 10 years at that time. Just Curious…Debe

2008-11-29 03:25:04 -0600 Report

They only ask if you were ever treated for a mental illness, and do you wear glasses; lol, I had to say yes for both. I did not like it either. Hey, how ya doing; did you get my message? Happy to see you this am. Have a good day; Claudia

vgarrison 2008-11-29 01:23:29 -0600 Report

I may not be 100% on this, but I believe that it is illegal for them to ask if your diabetic for a regular drivers license.

The only way you would ever get a "mark" on your record about being diabetic is if your doctor called them…All doctors are under legal obligation to report any diabetic that has severe low episodes or has unawhereness of the lows. The other way is if you get into an accident and it is determined that your blood sugar being low was what caused the accident, then they can put a mark on your record. If you have a normal driving history and your bg levels are under control then there is no legal way they can keep you from getting your license.

Good Luck!!

Blessed Be

spooky 2008-11-29 10:24:13 -0600 Report

The state of Minnesota requires ALL diabetics to get an okay from their doctor to drive. I think it one of a few states that does so and is an invasion of my privacy. It also puts me at the mercy of the doctor who I am not on good terms.

2008-11-28 22:31:36 -0600 Report

No one has ever asked me if I'm diabetic. I think the only 'drivers' that could have a problem with being diabetic is an over the road truck driver as they need to take a DOT physical to get that license and I know here in Wisconsin some friends of mine had issues with it especially if they are insulin dependent. General drivers, not to my knowledge.

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