How does a doctor notify the NDLS of a patient’s medical condition?
Where a doctor (who is on the Register of Medical Practitioners in Ireland) determines that a patient has a medical condition that needs to be notified to the NDLS, they should complete an NDLS Medical Report form (D501) for their patient and instruct them to notify the NDLS of their medical condition.
See Sláinte agus Tiomáint; Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines for details on medical conditions that require a driver to notify the NDLS.
When a patient has not accepted instructions regarding medical fitness to drive
Where a doctor is of the opinion their patient is continuing to drive when advised not to do so, they should submit a NDLS medical report form (D501) deeming the patient unfit to drive with a cover letter stating their concerns to:
Medical Fitness, Driver Licensing, Road Safety Authority, Moy Valley Business Park, Primrose Hill, Ballina, Co. Mayo and the RSA will engage with the patient on the matter.
When a patient does not have a current licence and needs to complete an on road driving assessment (ORDA)
A doctor can request the Road Safety Authority to issue a restricted learner permit for the purposes of completing an On Road Driving Assessment (ORDA).
If this is required, please complete an NDLS medical report form and send it with a cover letter requesting that a temporary learner permit be processed for the driver for the purposes of an ORDA to:
Medical Fitness, Driver Licensing, Road Safety Authority, Moy Valley Business Park, Primrose Hill, Ballina, Co. Mayo
The RSA will contact the driver to request a completed application form and photographs, if necessary.
The terms of this restricted learner permit are:
- ORDA must be completed within two months of issue date of the learner permit
- driver must always be accompanied when driving by a person who has held a full licence for two years
- the learner permit must be returned to the RSA on completion of the ORDA