Medical Affairs

Medical Affairs

Medical Affairs is a division of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). Medical Affairs has 2 main functions:

  • The issuance of disabled plates and placards; and
  • Sets policies and procedures regarding minimum physical qualifications to operate motor vehicles.

Disabled Plates and Placards

Medical Affairs issues disabled plates and placards to qualified Massachusetts residents who meet our eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria to obtain a disabled plate or placard were developed in consultation with the RMV's Medical Advisory Board and in accordance with federal guidelines governing the issuance of disabled plates and placards. For further information regarding applications for plates and placards, you may contact the RMV at 857-368-8000.

Refer to our Contact Center for more information.

Elder Driver Issues

Medical Affairs sets its driver license policies without regard to age and therefore has no policies based on age alone.

If you have a concern about the functional ability of an elder driver, please refer to our Reporting Requirements section linked from the menu on the left.

Physical Qualifications To Operate Motor Vehicles

Medical Affairs is primarily responsible for setting agency policies and procedures regarding physical qualifications for operator licensing. Medical Affairs sets its policies in accordance with recommendations made by the Registry's Medical Advisory Board. The Medical Advisory Board is appointed to the RMV by statute, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 8C, and consists of a panel of approximately 15 physicians of varying specialties. Currently, Medical Affairs has set minimum standards for vision qualifications, loss of consciousness and seizure conditions, and cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. When the RMV has cause to believe that a person may be unable to operate a motor vehicle due to any other condition not specifically addressed by the RMV's minimum standards, Medical Affairs shall conduct an individualized assessment of that person's qualifications to operate a motor vehicle safely.

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