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SSDI - When can the Texas DPS revoke my license for a disability?

Recently on our disability forum we had a SSDI disability applicant ask, “When can the Department of Motor Vehicles revoke my driver’s license if I am disabled? The answer is basically any time they believe your condition will make it impossible for you to operate your vehicle safely.

Common conditions that may result in a suspended or revoked license

There are a variety of health conditions which may be so severe that you unable to safely operating a motorized vehicle, specifically any type of head trauma or condition which decreases your mobility, sensation or consciousness to such a degree that you cannot drive safely. Clearly, a loss of ability, even for a moment can endanger you and other drivers around you.

Although you will not lose automatically lose your license if you apply and are approved for SSDI or SSI, there are some conditions that will result in a license suspension. For instance, claimants who have been diagnosed with epilepsy will lose their license until a doctor certifies they have been seizure for a specific period of time. In the state of Texas this time limit is six months. State laws vary. The suspension period is not flexible; in fact, in Texas the information you submit is reviewed by the Medical Advisory Board (MAB), which makes the final decision.

In Texas, if you have other conditions which may affect your ability to drive the Medical Advisory Board, which is composed of 40 physicians who advise the Department of Public Safety (DPS), will review your driving information and determine if your condition is safe or if you are unable to drive.

What if I do not notify the DPS of my medical condition?

If you fail to notify the DPS that you have a specific health condition there is always a chance that a voluntary notification will be made by a concerned citizen. A doctor also has the ability to report your condition to the DPS and its impact on your ability to drive. All reports are voluntary, and doctors who choose to make this notification are not breaking the physician/patient confidentiality agreement.

States generally have a method that they use for drivers to challenge the denial of their driver’s license. In Texas you may petition for a hearing by the Justice of the Peace or Municipal Court. An administrative hearing must be requested within 20 days of the date of the notice from the Department of Public Safety.

For more information you can contact the Medical Standards Motor Vehicle Operations Division (MSMVOD) at (512) 834-6700 or your local Department of Public Safety (DPS) driver licensing office.

Hiring a SSDI or SSI Disability Lawyer

If you have a severe condition which does not allow you to work for at least 12 continuous months contact a SSDI or SSI disability lawyer to see if your condition may be so severe you will qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
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