CMA Driver's Guide (9th edition)

Physicians are regularly called upon to evaluate medical fitness to drive. The potential effects of a medical condition on driving capability should be a consideration for everyone – regardless of age or whether they have a driver fitness form to be completed.

The 9th edition of the Driver’s Guide: Determining Medical Fitness to Operate Motor Vehicles is now available and can assist physicians in assessing their patients’ ability to safely operate motor vehicles. The guide is a trusted resource that has been helping physicians keep Canadian highways, railways and skies safe for over four decades.

How to obtain your guide

The 9th edition of the Driver’s Guide is available in hard copy and PDF format through the eStore . Note: the PDF is available to CMA members at no additional cost.

Quick stats

  • Motor vehicle crashes kill about 2,000 people in Canada each year and injure another 160,000.
  • Most medical school curricula spend little, if any, time on driver evaluation.
  • Current demographic trends predict major increases in the number of older divers over the next 20 years.


PDF format | Hard copy

40+ years

Length of time the CMA and Joule have been helping physicians keep Canadian highways, railways and skies safe.

What's new?

The guide is reviewed regularly to ensure that the information remains current and accurate. Features in this edition include:

  • Updated information in the Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment, Sleep Disorders, Nervous system and Aging sections
  • Rewritten sections on Psychiatric, Alcohol and Drugs to conform to DSM-5
  • New information on medical marijuana and driving
  • An updated section on Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders referencing the latest recommendations from the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)
  • Several other sections underwent minor changes to bring them up to date with recent developments