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State of Health of Heavy Vehicle Drivers

Holders of a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4B driver's licence must undergo medical assessments to demonstrate that their state of health allows them to drive a heavy vehicle.

Good to know

To obtain your driver's licence class, you will be required to submit the results of a medical assessment and a vision test conducted by a health care professional.

Frequency of medical assessments to operate in Canada

If you hold a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4B driver's licence, you will receive a notice requesting that you undergo a medical assessment in order to be authorized to drive a heavy vehicleA road vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,500 kg or more, or a combination of road vehicles having a gross combination weight rating of 4,500 kg or more. The following vehicles are also considered to be heavy vehicles regardless of their GVWR: buses, minibuses, tow trucks, vehicles transporting dangerous substances requiring the display of safety marks.:

  • at ages 45, 55, 60 and 65
  • every 2 years thereafter
  • if necessary, depending on your state of health

Frequency of medical assessments to operate in the United States

If you drive a heavy vehicleA road vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,500 kg or more, or a combination of road vehicles having a gross combination weight rating of 4,500 kg or more. The following vehicles are also considered to be heavy vehicles regardless of their GVWR: buses, minibuses, tow trucks, vehicles transporting dangerous substances requiring the display of safety marks. in the United States, you will receive a notice requesting that you undergo a medical assessment in order to be authorized to drive:

  • at ages 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 48, 51, 54, 55, 57, 60 and 63
  • every year as of age 65
  • if necessary, depending on your state of health

If we have requested that you submit a medical examination report

You must undergo a medical assessment and submit the medical report(s) to the SAAQ within the specified deadline.

A vision test is only requested if you have a visual impairment.

If your state of health changes

Any illness or impairment must be declared to the SAAQ: