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Italy: Decree on Transplant Recipients’ Fitness to Obtain Driver’s Licenses Enters into Force

(July 16, 2020) On July 12, 2020, Decree No. 69, approving regulations concerning the psychophysical suitability of persons who have undergone organ transplantation to obtain and confirm the validity of a driver’s license, entered into force in Italy. The decree, which had been issued by the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, on April 23, 2020, amended appendix II, article 320 of the Decree of the President of the Republic No. 495 of December 16, 1992.

Issuance of Driver’s Licenses to Organ Transplant Recipients

The new decree provides that both the issuance and first renewal of a driver’s license to organ transplant recipients are subject to compliance with psychophysical suitability requirements established by the local medical commission. (Decree No. 69, art. 1(b), adding H-bis to article 320 of Decree No. 495.)

The new provisions simplify the acquisition and renewal of driver’s licenses by persons who have undergone transplants.

Verification of Suitability by the Respective Medical Commission

According to the new decree, the respective local medical commission must certify whether transplant recipients have a medical condition that is susceptible to becoming aggravated. If there is no such risk, driver’s licenses may be granted to beneficiaries for the time allowed by law. Subsequent renewals are dependent on ascertaining the psychophysical fitness of the beneficiaries, except when the respective commission deems that new medical examinations are necessary and pending the results of the applicable clinical and laboratory tests determining the beneficiaries’ medical fitness to drive.