2015 ORS 807.710¹
Reports of persons with cognitive or functional impairment
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(1) For the purposes of this section:

(a) "Physician" means a person who holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy and is licensed under ORS chapter 677 and a person who holds a degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and is licensed under ORS chapter 685.

(b) "Health care provider" means a person licensed, certified or otherwise authorized or permitted by the laws of this state to administer health care.

(2) In consultation with medical experts and experts on cognitive or functional impairments, the Department of Transportation shall adopt rules requiring reporting and:

(a) Designating physicians and health care providers required to report to the department a person whose cognitive or functional impairment affects that person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

(b) Designating the cognitive or functional impairments that are likely to affect a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

(3) Determinations regarding a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle may not be based solely on the diagnosis of a medical condition or cognitive or functional impairment, but must be based on the actual effect of that condition or impairment on the person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

(4) Reports required by the department under this section shall be upon forms prescribed or provided by the department. Each report shall include the person’s name, address, date of birth, sex and a description of how the person’s current medical status affects the person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The department shall consider this information in determining the person’s eligibility for a driver license or driver permit.

(5) A designated physician or health care provider may at any time report to the department a person whose cognitive or functional impairment affects that person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, without regard to whether that report is required by rules of the department adopted under subsection (2) of this section. If the report is made in good faith, the physician or health care provider is immune from civil liability that might otherwise result from making the report. A designated physician or health care provider is immune from civil liability for failure to make a report under this section, without regard to whether that report is required by rules of the department adopted under subsection (2) of this section.

(6) Except as provided in ORS 802.240 (Driver and vehicle records as evidence), reports made under this section are confidential and shall be used by the department only to determine the qualifications of persons to operate motor vehicles upon the highways. [1983 c.338 §872; 1999 c.770 §2; 2001 c.736 §1; 2003 c.462 §1; 2007 c.195 §2; 2007 c.434 §3; 2013 c.65 §1]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 807—Driving Privileges and Identification Cards, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors807.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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