Driving for People with Disabilities
Many people with disabilities can drive using adaptive driving
equipment. Consumers should do their research before buying by making
comparisons, reviewing all options, and testing the equipment. Some auto
manufacturers offer rebates for vehicle modifications. The TTY number for
all contacts is 711, unless otherwise noted.
Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority
Offers low-interest loans to purchase vehicles and adaptive driving equipment.
National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association
Provides information and resources for purchasing adaptive driving equipment.
Virginia Assistive Technology System
Gives information and referrals on adaptive driving products, funding options, and resources.
Adaptive Driver Evaluation/Training
Adaptive driver evaluations and training can be provided as part of a
rehabilitation program and should be conducted by a qualified driver
rehabilitation specialist. It should include a clinical evaluation to
determine the prospective driver’s physical, visual/perceptual, and
cognitive abilities. A seating assessment should be conducted for people
who use mobility devices.
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
State-certified program offering driver evaluations, adaptive driving equipment assessments, and driver training.
1-800-345-9972, Ext. 7117; TTY 800-811-7893
Self-serve gas stations must pump gas at the same price as self-serve
gas for customers with disabilities. If the gas station is
self-service only and operating with one attendant, the attendant is
encouraged to pump the gas, but not required. The gas station must
also display signage that instructs customers of how they can ask for
assistance, such as by honking their horns.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may obtain a driver's license indicator at your local DMV office that is placed on the driver's license in order to identify the disability to law enforcement personnel. The card can be used to notify people that you cannot hear, and thus can prevent a misunderstanding when interacting with police during a traffic stop, or at the scene of an accident or crime.
Drivers with disabilities can request special assistance or accommodations from their local DMV, including assistance with transactions, help with paperwork, and testing.
Virginia driver's license applicants may request that one or more medical indicators be placed on their license. Applicants must present a signed statement from a licensed physician, confirming the applicant's condition. Medical indicator codes appear on the front of a driver’s license under the word “restrictions” to identify the disability to law enforcement.
1-804-497-7100; TTY 1-800-272-9268