Driver's licenses.....suspended in CA?


You have been lucky. My interviewer seem quite ignorant, didn’t seem to know what a CGM is. Oh dear, that reminds me that next year will need to renew again. Last time it was a complete hassel.


Please refer back to the previous postings to get the whole story…

I was able to speak with a human being at DMV in the city that i live in. This person did not have any medical creditials either and it making decisions for the state of california. At the hearning I presented him with paperwork from my doctors office stating that nobody from the DMV contacted their offices as to confirm my A1C level. This of course made no different that the person in El Segundo perhaps fibbed a little on her report about me. Afterwards, it too the new DMV representative 3 weeks to send a message that I had my drivers license reinstated and I was on medical probation #3. So I have send medical reports in for 6 months.

this person also stated they were going to have my license reissued to me which never happened. I had to go to the local DMV and explain the situation to them. They had to call sacremento and the medical bureau the verify everything. they were trying to make me take the driving test over when technically i didn’t need to.

Do drunk drivers have to so the same thing? Do they have to submit reports of sobriety or classes?

I already submitted one report by mail. I haven’t heard anything from DMV. I assume no news is good news. So if all is well I have to send another report in the next few months to DMV and hope this nightmare is over.

Lesson learned…do not tell the exact truth about your medical situation to DMV. They seem to treat drunk drivers and nondocumented people with more compassion than working folks trying to make a living.


Christalyn, so glad you are able to drive again. What an enormous hassle this whole thing has been.


I’m so sorry, christalyn. My license was revoked in 2014 in California because I asked my endocrinologist for advice. I had a seizure while sleeping, and wanted advice on what might have caused that. He didn’t help me, reported me to the dmv, and then refused to sign the paperwork until I got my hba1c down. I said lowering my hba1c was more likely to result in hypos, but he insisted. Personally, I think he was trying to extort me into taking better care of myself, but that was never going to work. It took me 2 years and a change of insurance to find a doctor who cared about my quality of life more than covering their own ***. Hopefully if your doctor is on your side, it should be easier. After my experience, I told my husband we were treating night hypos at home with glucagon rather than calling 911 because I cant lose my license again, and I have never in 20 years had a seizure while awake. It’s not ideal, but the system sometimes forces us to make bad choices.


Good info. Sorry your doc was a diabetic police officer.

Had similar issue with blood pressure many years ago.


I moved to Chicago 18 years ago in order to never drive a car again. While this wasn’t for Diabetes (I just HATE cars!) it has reduced my stress and I believe has kept my diabetes in the low 7’s (currently 7.3) even with keeping genetic heart disease away!


OMG!! I am so sorry to hear about your situation. That is totally crazy. My doctor is very interactive and for the most part has been supportive. Its been California DMV that has been acting stupidly. They don’t force regular fat people to loose weight for medical reasons. I don’t see why we have to be threathen with our diabetic condition to loose weight.


They also labeled me as “diabetes moderately out of control” when I was first diagnosed with a A1C of 7.1. I have had a few low blood sugar attacks at least 6 years before I was diagnosed with diabetes. One where I almost passed out after I made it to a shipper I was delivering to in Laredo Texas. I was shaking and weak. I didn’t know what was going on at the time, so I had 911 on speed dial as a slowly drove myself back to the truck stop and sat in the air-conditioned movie room and drank a large cup of fruit punch. All returned to normal after an hour and I never really thought much of it again until I was diagnosed with diabetes a few years later. These days, if I eat certain foods, with or without insulin, I will have a reactive hypo event at least 3-5 hours later. If I eat a bowl of cereal, or any kind of sweet that goes into my system really fast, a reactive hypo will come. It’s almost guaranteed. It happens even faster if I use insulin with these meals, and really fast if I am physically active after these meals. I have to keep on watching and waiting for the low. But at least I know it’s coming. Maybe they think you are going to get low BG when driving. I hope you can get a lawyer or someone to help you fight this, because it’s not fair. You do not seem to be a danger to anyone at this point in time. It’s discrimination. Hang in there.


In the above post I was writing to Young at heart and the original poster of this thread.


Yes I have heard about this years ago. In California they don’t like diabetics driving. They are completely in the opinion that diabetics should not be behind the wheel.


A different experience with CA DMV. I am a T2 (A1c diagnosis at 12.) 10 years.
I moved to CA 7 years ago and checked the diabetes box. At that. Time my A1c was 7,0 and I was off meds.
All they asked was if I was on BG lowering medications. I said no.
License approved. I renewed my license at age 70. A1c 6,0 no meds They asked the same question, I gave the same answer, no meds.
License renewed.
The benefit of being able to do low carb to control.

Yes I know this does not work work for T1’s, the person who first posted was listed as a t2.


The silly thing they allow drunk driver’s to continously keep driving and being arrested. They are full of bolony


Thank God you got it back. We were talking about this months ago, I think. I have my license, but I am required to do pretty serious (and expensive) paperwork procedures. On the DMV side, they haven’t even been able to mail me a replacement license, which I applied for in July. In 5 months, they haven’t even been able to mail me a new license. I have vastly lowered expectations for the DMV. I think of them as critically disabled. Give them NOTHING. Expect NOTHING. If they want to talk to you, consider bringing a cheap lawyer (or just a friend who looks good in a suit who can unofficially pretend to be a lawyer and take notes the whole time - that might help.)

P.S. A guy I know in town here got a DUI - hit two cars while driving down the highway and fled the scene. I think its his 3rd DUI. His license was revoked for 1 year, but he could have gotten it back sooner if he paid money. Mine is conditional for 2 years - and costs a lot more to maintain and requires a ton more effort and paperwork on my end. So, you are kinda right.