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Does anyone know of any restrictions the U.S. puts on 16 year olds in getting their driver's license if they have type 1 diabetes? I didn't know if they would be worried about us passing out or something behind the wheel.

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Hi Guest,

It depends upon where in the US you are referring.  Each state is different.

Most states ask that you "self-disclose" any health condition that could cause a problem with safe operation of a motor vehicle.  In addition, most states also have ways to revoke your license if you are found operating unsafely due to a medical condition.

Check with your department of transporatation.

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Most states ask that you self-disclose as medic dan pointed out. On some application forms for driver's licenses, there is a question about whether or not you have epilepsy or other seizure disorders, not Type 1 diabetes. Checking with your individual state's department of motor vehicles will answer your question, but my guess is that any restrictions that were placed on people with type 1 diabetes have long since gone the way of the dinosaur as diabetes is not thought of as a disease suffered by only a few people. We understand much more about it that we did, even 30 years ago, when restrictions on diabetics could prevent them from obtaining a license.

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You're supposed to tell them. I did because I didn't want anything to happen to me and then find out that I caused an accident and my insurance company not want to pay. It would be worse if I hurt someone else. So I told them and just had to get a doctor's exam and then an eye exam and I got a license. It's not a big deal and you'll never be worried about being found out. 

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