Driving for People with Disabilities
Driving Information for People with Disabilities
Adaptive Driving Equipment
Many people with disabilities can drive using adaptive driving equipment. Consumers should do their research before buying by researching options, testing the equipment, and ensuring that the company they are purchasing from is reputable. Some auto manufacturers offer rebates for vehicle modifications. The TTY number for all contacts is 711, unless otherwise noted.
Assistive Technology Loan Fund
Offers low-interest loans to purchase vehicles and adaptive driving equipment.
Virginia Assistive Technology
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.
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.
People whose disabilities may impact their ability to safely drive a car, even temporarily, must provide DMV with a medical statement from a physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner. Some of these conditions include:
- Level of consciousness
- Vision changes
- Impairment of judgment
- Loss of motor functions
DMV will evaluate the medical information to determine if a driver's license may be issued or restricted.
State-certified program offering driver evaluations, adaptive driving equipment assessments, and driver training.
1-800-345-9972, Ext. 7117; TTY 800-811-7893
Driver Training Program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
Program helps people with disabilities and older drivers who wish to return to driving or learn to drive for the first time.
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.
Drivers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
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.
Obtaining a Driver’s License
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