How to Report Someone to the DMV

If you’ve tried to have a conversation with a loved on about giving up driving and it hasn’t gone well, you’re not alone. It can be difficult for people to admit it’s time to hand over the keys.

It’s not usually something that occurs with just one discussion; so if you’re interested in learning about other tactics and options, consider downloading our eBook, “How to Talk with Your Mom about Driving.”

On the other hand, if you know a multi-conversation approach won’t work for your family, or you have serious concerns about getting your loved one off the road immediately, there is a solution: report them to the DMV.

Every state offers a way to re-examine drivers to ensure they’re not a danger on the road. Here’s how it works in California:

  • Do an online search for “request for driver reexamination.”

Include your state at the end of the search query. The form may be called something else in your state, but this search should still pull up the correct information. For example, in Washington the form is called a “driver evaluation request.”

  • Fill out the form and explain your reasons why you think the person shouldn’t be driving anymore. Include specific examples of things you’ve witnessed.
  • Sign the form.

You can’t submit this form anonymously, but you can request that the DMV keep your name confidential. Make sure to check the box above the signature line if you’re hoping to remain anonymous to your loved one!

  • Mail the form to one of the locations listed or take it to the DMV in person.

That’s it.

The DMV will summon your loved one in for an in-person interview where they will be asked a series of questions. Questions may include topics like health, how they’d respond to certain driving situations, and recent citations. A DMV officer may then require a formal vision, written, and/or behind-the-wheel test.

Your loved one will receive the results of this interview and any tests they’ve taken via a formal, written notice. The notice will outline whether they’re cleared to drive or if their license is suspended or restricted.

We know it can be hard for everyone involved, but if you’re reading this article it probably means it’s time to start preparing your loved one for life without a car. The earlier you start discussing alternatives, the less scary they will be when the time comes. And the more likely your loved one will hand over the keys without (too big) a fight.