California law requires that physicians report people diagnosed with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, to the County Health Department. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is then notified. Based on an evaluation of the person with dementia, the DMV decides whether to suspend, revoke or restrict the person’s license. For details, please call your local DMV or visit dmv.ca.gov.
Although not connected to the DMV, there are driving evaluation programs through area hospitals and the American Occupational Therapy Association that assess whether a person can continue to drive safely. These evaluation programs may require a physician’s referral and are usually offered by appointment only. Fees vary.