You must provide your medical examiner with the following information:
- Date of hypertension onset.
- Name and location of treating health care professional.
- What interventions have been done.
- Medications you are taking.
- Treatment plan.
- Side effects of medication.
- Report: Any history of chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling of ankles, dizziness or fatigue.
Blood pressure is less than 140/90. Certify up to two years. (one year if on medical treatment)
Blood Pressure is greater than 140/90 but less than 160/100
This is Stage One Hypertension. Certification goes one of two ways.
i. If the driver has no history of
hypertension, is not on any treatment then the driver receives a one year card.
ii. If the driver has a history of
hypertension, is being treated, or still has stage 1 hypertension after a one year certification then the driver receives a card good for 3
months ONE TIME ONLY.
Drivers who return after one year and their BP is <140/90 and are not being treated may be certified for up to two
Drivers who return at 3 months and their BP is still >140/90 are disqualified until they provide evidence of blood
Drivers who return at 3 months and their BP is <140/90 may be issued a one year card from the date of the original exam.
Blood Pressure is greater than 160/100 but less than
This is Stage Two Hypertension.
i. If the driver presents with Stage 2
Hypertension, and this is the first exam they may obtain a certification for 3 months ONE TIME ONLY.
ii. This is regardless of whether they are or
are not treated.
Drivers must at follow up be <140/90 or they are disqualified until they provide evidence of adequate BP control.
If they return at 3 months and their BP is <140/90, the driver may be certified for one year from the date of the original
Blood Pressure is greater than 180/110.
This is Stage Three Hypertension
The driver is disqualified
To be recertified, the driver must present evidence of blood pressure control. Again, control is considered BP of less than 140/90.
Once the blood pressure has been controlled the certificate should be issued for 6 months only.
After 6 months, the examiner makes certification decisions on a case by case basis as to whether a longer (annual)
certification is appropriate.