By Jlynn Latest Reply 2009-04-05 17:25:08 -0500
Started 2009-03-25 06:49:08 -0500

I have been wondering this for awhile, have you reported to the DMV about your diabetes? I did, but dont recall them saying what if any that would help , or ? Then the other day I was driving and had a low shakey episode and pulled over just in time for the "confused,DUH phase to begin" lol
and a police car drove passed me,and it hit me..If I did get pulled over , he would believe me to be drunk and i would be doing the field test, and failing it miserable..
So im guessing that the dmv had put on file that Iam diabetic?? if so they didnt ask for any proof at the time??? naaa cant be that easy…or what do you know??

34 replies

BeckyJ 2009-03-29 19:44:37 -0500 Report

Don't know of any disclaimer that you have to tell the DMV but I do know from experience that if you are involved in an incident due to blood sugar issues you have to go through the same retest as if you are epileptic or have another serious medical issue(at least in Kansas). I passed out while driving in 2001, thankfully on an empty road outside the city limits. I woke up to a police light shining in my eyes. A passing motorist saw me in the ditch and after trying to wake me and being unable to see if I was ok called the police. I was hurried to the ER with a BG of 70 and irratic heartbeat. I was newly diagnosed and this was the lowest I had ever gone before. After being questioned several times by the local PD I was required to submit a note from the Doctor saying I was OK to drive. I also had to retake my driver's test after it was suspended for 6 weeks. However nowhere on my license does it state that I am Diabetic. I do have a plastic window cling that I got from the local hospital that is bright red and states "DIABETIC". I ALWAYS check my sugar before driving and if driving a long distance test every 2 hours. I have some friends who are with the Sheriff's dept and asked them if it was required to let the DMV know. They said No and that it was probably a bad idea. No need to incourage a possible problem. I live in the middle of nowhere…5 miles to the nearest small town 20 to one with at least a gas station and 30 to the one with the hospital. I would be lost if my DL was pulled. Just be very careful and make sure you have some kind of ID on you that states you are diabetic. My Ex is a paramedic and he said that generally if they notice a glucometer in the vehicle they will assume you are diabetic anyway.

Sarguillo 2009-03-30 12:15:02 -0500 Report

Talking last night to my buddy who is an EMT. He says that if you are out, they will check your blood suger if all else seems stable. That enought people are diabetic that it is one of the first things they question.

lipsie 2009-03-31 05:46:24 -0500 Report

Well that is nice to hear! Now we know that information at least, that's cool thanks! Sheila

2009-03-29 18:50:15 -0500 Report

When I was on the way for sensor training a few years ago, I got pulled over for speeding, my sugar was just fine, but I was running behind. When I told the sheriff I was on my way to a training session, and whipped out all the equiptment, he just looked at me like I was nuts, and told me to slow down! I now rely heavily on cruise control, lol

As far as voluntarily walking into the DMV and telling them I'm diabetic, ain't gonna happen. The government has succeeded in stripping people of their livelihoods all based on what THEY think is acceptable. I think it should be based on the persons driving record, NOT the word, diabetes.

Anngelia 2009-03-25 21:04:56 -0500 Report

I dont think for a long time I was responsible enough. But in the last few years before I quit driving (ms finally made driving more dangerous than diabetes did) I got to where I would always test my bg before starting the car, no matter when my last test was. I know I drove several times when it went too low and I shouldnt have been driving. But I have always been very honest about being a diabetic. Lucky for me it was never a problem in front of the wrong people.

zobel 2009-03-25 20:15:47 -0500 Report

i have been a type 1 for aprox. 20 yrs dont give anymore info than necasary to dmv it can haunt you later. police will belive you if you have supplies and/or kit with you. not being mean but if you are pulled over for erratic driving you have pushed the limits of safe driving (and they will probably be sympathetic). you could probably be charged with reckless driving (penalties simalar to DWI in alaska) if you caused problems, so be safe don't drive unless you are in comfortable with your condition at the moment and know were your levels are likely to go, I am not a lawyer but have been pulled over a few times…

rbergman 2009-03-25 20:02:31 -0500 Report

I have a Class A CDL can drive anything up to an 18 wheeler, and have, I also have school bus endorsement, however, when I became insulin dependent it is Federal Law that anyone who is insulin dependent CANNOT operate any motor vehicle which requires a CDL (commercial drivers license). I am still able to drive personal vehicles with this license, however it does expire on my birthday this May and I do not plan on renewing it as a CDL but just a regular drivers license, the 2 previous states I carried my CDL in did not have any diabetic questions as far as a regular license goes, I don't know about this state but will find out come May.

soda lover dan
soda lover dan 2009-03-25 19:58:05 -0500 Report

always carry a diabetic verification card with you, I keep mine in my visor, and always have your meter with you. But 99% of the time there gonna test you in some way.I also believe i cant drive a commercial vehicle again. Type 2 can, but not insulin dependent persons cant,not in Pa.and always carry gloucose tablets with you

jsd2005 2009-03-25 19:36:25 -0500 Report

Many states don't inquire about diabetes. Be careful. As long as you know to pull over and how to treat a low sugar you should be Okay. Does this happen often?

Make sure you carry some fast acting sugar with you. I have had to pull over and then stop at a casey's before.

roger 2009-03-25 16:05:41 -0500 Report

I have gone to the DMV over this. I hold a CDL B licenses but can not use it becouse i inject insulin. it does not matter if it is the pumpor not , pen , pod any inj and you can not use a CDL B but i can drive any thing under CDL B if i have a driver licenses for it. also meds are ok you just cant inj you can apply for a vareance but i was told one has never ben given in NY .you can even prove you have better control on insulin does not matter . if i was not a superviser at my job befor i started to inject i mite have lost my job becous i could not drive the bigger trucks any more.

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-03-25 16:01:57 -0500 Report

When my son got his liscense they put on his that he always had to have a snack in the car.. Now in parts of Okc they are having Diabetics put a sticker on their back window, that way they will know if a person is diabetic and is maybe driving like they are drunk…I think this is a good thing…They did not ask my son for proof eithr, they just took his word…

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-03-25 16:01:56 -0500 Report

When my son got his liscense they put on his that he always had to have a snack in the car.. Now in parts of Okc they are having Diabetics put a sticker on their back window, that way they will know if a person is diabetic and is maybe driving like they are drunk…I think this is a good thing…They did not ask my son for proof eithr, they just took his word…

2009-03-25 12:37:42 -0500 Report

I do know in Alabama they don't ask any health questions. In fact they don't ask any questions other than is your address still the same. With the exception of my picture changing over the years, they ask the address question, take your money to re-new the license take a new picture and hand you a copy of your new ID until the plastic one is mailed to you.
I do have a sticker that says Insulin Dependent Diabetic in my front driver's side windshield. I also ALWAYS wear a bracelet that says either Diabetic of Type 1 Diabetic. I have the health card in my purse but I doubt anyone would take time to look for that. I do this only because I have a definite history of lows, blacking out, passing out just about everything that comes with bottoming out. This is for my own safety. I totally agree with what Sheila said, I think we need to NOT push the issue. If we do, we will all lose the chance to drive. I have been driving since I was 16 and plan on driving until I'm 96. I have never gotten behind the wheel with my BS low and never will! I always take a coke or OJ or a candy bar, something to have if I feel a hypo starting. We have enough battles without pushing the issue of losing our right to drive. Take care, Angie

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-03-25 12:26:18 -0500 Report

I know my son has to have a signed statement from his Endo once a year stating that his diabetes is in good enough control for him to be a safe driver. We have to submit that form every year. I don't know if this is only for minors (which I suspect) or if it is for everyone.

Sarguillo 2009-03-25 12:16:09 -0500 Report

Hello, I live in California. On our drivers lisecen is asks if you have one of these diseases or have had any black outs. one of the diseases is Diabetes. I asked a doc about that and he told me not to answer positive on the diabetes part untill he told me so. That was a few doctors ago so I am not sure what to do. I do know that my record is clean and I usually just send in my check and they reuse my picture untill its too old then they make me go in for a new picture. As for having a low episode and being pulled over, I have heard about people being pulled over, not being able to pass a field test and ending up in the drunk tank while asking for OJ and a sandwich. They might not beleive you. It sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Me, Im going to keep quiet about my condition to DMV as long as I can. But may put up a notice on my side window. Good topic.

DiabetesDiva 2009-03-25 19:30:49 -0500 Report

I live In Calif and I don't remember the diabetes question, maybe it was one my first application? I just renewed mine in December with no problems. I do wear a ID bracelet just in case, no matter where I am.

Jlynn 2009-03-29 23:13:41 -0500 Report

I too am in california now,moved from Ga. after being diagnosed and when I switched my license I asked if I had to proof that somehow and the man sorta shool his head and that was it. Reason I asked was because in GA. a week before my diagnosis, i was driving,got pulled over and for two hours put through tests (DUI) until i finally asked for the breathe thingy..and let go

Anonymous 2009-03-30 00:28:17 -0500 Report

please, were you high or low and how did the breathalizer read (if you remember) ? and had you had a drink?

i ask not to pry but i have wondered about this type of circumstance for a long time

rbergman 2009-03-25 07:29:10 -0500 Report

There are a few suggestions, although not foolproof. First, always wear your medical ID, whether a bracelet or the necklace and make sure it isn't hidden under clothing, kind of defeats the purpose of wearing it if your hiding it under your shirt. Something else I do is wrap my drivers license with my Medical Wallet Card. That way the only way your license can be seen is if you pull it out with the wallet card wrapped around it and in the event you yourself aren't able to do this when the officer looks for your license to identify you the wallet card is seen first.

There have been many cases where police officers assume they are pulling over a drunk driver for driving erratically and in some of those cases the diabetic was treated very poorly for being non-compliant or combative only because they really didn't know what they were doing, then it would later be found out that the driver was actually diabetic and in rare cases it was too late. I would hate to have this happen!!
Something that came to mind as I was writing this…you know those little window cling stickers they put on the inside of your windshield when you get your oil changed that reminds you when your supposed to get it changed the next time? Why couldn't there be some sort of sticker made like that for the drivers side window that says in bold red letters "DIABETIC DRIVER" or "DIABETIC ON BOARD" so that if the driver was unable to respond to an officer or anyone that approached the car they would see the sticker and know someone in the vehicle may need medical attention. Hmmm I may actually be on to something here, anyone know the number of the nearest patent office lol, but seriously, if they can make those suction cup plastic "signs" that say "Baby on Board" why couldn't there be something like the window cling made for diabetics, or for that matter other medical conditions as well, that would cling to the drivers side window?
Anyone else think this is a good idea or am I just insane to think it would be better than nothing at all??


MeiMei 2009-03-25 11:50:32 -0500 Report

I think it is a great idea. I think some states actually have diabetic stickers to put in the window, but I'm not sure which ones.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-25 12:24:12 -0500 Report

I tend to make sure I have my ID on when I know I am going to be alone running errands. The kids actually gave it to me Sunday to go to church (good kids). Also, I carry my meeter in my purse - If some one has to figure out who I am the will see the meeter and hopefully HELP ME.

bst 2009-03-29 16:29:09 -0500 Report

Sounds like a good thing to me. Quick, get to it before anyone else. You just might make a million.

lipsie 2009-03-25 07:17:33 -0500 Report

This is a really good question. Up here in Pennsylvannia AND New York they don't ask or require anything regarding information on being a Diabetiec. My worry is if we do start to push this, will it turn into more? Where they will say we can't even drive anymore? Or is that just my pyranoia? Hell, I am not even driving righ But I still have my license and keep it updated becuase I do carry that dream that one day I will be able to afford a car, etc. again. That is IF they rule out my other medical conditon nacalepsy…now w/ that I understand not driving w/out a quesiton. Anyhow, good question…I will try to see if I can find out something around here. Sheila

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-03-25 07:23:04 -0500 Report

I was driving for30 years and had no problem. I live in PA. I now don't have a license dued to when I had my tansplant I was in a coma for 44 days and lost all my muscle mass. They took my licenses away until I have better control with my muscle. thats understandable , but I didn't like it at that time.(LOL) But I see where they are coming from. I am now able to walk with help and will probally be able to get myself walking again by myself. I am determined to drive again.

lipsie 2009-03-25 17:43:37 -0500 Report

You sound determined and that's all ya'll need I believe, you'll have it in due time…great job at what you have done so far btw. Sheila

Brenda Kruse
Brenda Kruse 2009-04-05 17:25:08 -0500 Report

Hey, Debe, it's good to connect with you again. I haven't been online much (5 new grandbabies in 6 weks. :O), so haven't kept in touch. Anyway, I was in a coma (pneumonia) for about 2 weeks in 2001. I,too, lost all muscle mass, etc. I had to be in a rehab center to learn how to button, tie, walk, you name it. Anyway, no one ever questioned me regarding my Driver's License. I'm curious how they knew to question you? Be blessed!! Brenda

Jlynn 2009-03-29 23:23:16 -0500 Report

i understand your point. My reason for or curiousity lies in the a past experience in which i was pulled over on suspected dui. and was so confused and upset i couldnt hardle speak let alone take field sobriety tests, for two hours I was on the side of the road, with 4 officers and a sargent. Before a asked, "can i take the breathe analyzer?"
I didnt remember to earlier,and was there so long because I couldnt remember my correct Info. they were needing.So I took ..I passed. Less then a week later was when I was admitted into ICU in a diabetic coma.
So my hope was to save time and embarrasment.

lipsie 2009-03-30 09:01:49 -0500 Report

Oh, I am very sorry to hear that. That sounds awful. I could not even imagine honestly. I see you concern totally. It makes full sense. You got a very good question, maybe you could call down there and ask about ya think? Or not a good idea? I dunno. Wish you well, I really do! Love always, Sheila

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-03-25 07:00:32 -0500 Report

Thats is one of the question on this discussion area I kinda asked several months ago. It is under drivers licenses. I ask if you had on your application if you were diabetic? But the reponds said no. I should call our local drivers test place if that is something new. I know when I was in the hospital many moons ago, I had a younger boy ask me if I had a hard time getting my drivers permit? I said no and he said they were giving him trouble getting his. I was shocked but haven't questioned it since. He didn't live where I did. So I am glad you brought this subject up again…Debe

firefightermom 2009-03-25 06:56:39 -0500 Report

hey. I don't know about that but you be careful on the road! maybe you should contact them again because it seems like they should have on file somewhere your meds. and information just in case it was ever needed. Have a great day. Tina

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