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Q: If someone has or is prone to having seizures, are they allowed to drive? Can someone drive if they are taking anti-seizure medication?
A: The answer is long, and this question is a Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services question. However, let me provide you with some general responses that I was told when I contacted them, then you can contact them using the information I provide to you if you have any further questions.
They may or may not be allowed to drive in either case of your questions above.
When you renew your license (or when you get a license or permit), you have to fill out forms and answer questions, some of which ask about medical conditions. If you say yes that you had a seizure or loss of consciousness issue, it will trigger administrative
follow-up with you by the DVS Medical Unit. Then it is possible you could end up not driving, depending on all the circumstances.
Also, doctors are required to report all loss of consciousness/seizure incidents to DPS/DVS, for the same purpose, which also will trigger administrative follow-up with you from DVS.
So, it all depends on the circumstances.
You can call DVS Medical Unit at (651) 296-2021 if you have further questions. You also can go to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website, click on the “divisions” tab, and click on Driver and Vehicle Services, and search their forms and site. Look for information about “loss of consciousness” or seizures.
Signing and filing false documents could mean a felony violation, so this matter is very serious when obtaining or renewing driver’s licenses.
Knowingly having a medical situation and still driving is a serious lack of judgment, and should be avoided until a doctor is consulted. Many people have been seriously injured or killed because of failure to take personal responsibility, so I felt your question was very important.
Thanks for asking, and good luck.
Sgt. Curt S. Mowers is a regional public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.