Can a person drive with a neck brace?

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Question: Can a person legally drive with a neck brace on in Minnesota? It would limit the ability to turn your head side to side or up or down. I'm trying to get facts before I let my family member drive.

Answer: A person would not be able to legally drive if temporarily wearing a neck brace. Permanent lack of neck mobility would require a restriction placed on the license that notes they can legally drive if there is an "outside rearview mirror."

For more information on restrictions that may be placed on various types of licenses, please visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx

Below is a complete list of the restrictions that may be placed on various types of licenses.

A - ANY USE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS INVALIDATES LICENSE

B - HAND OPERATED BRAKES

C - COMPLETE HAND CONTROLS

D - PROSTHETIC AID

E - AUTOMATIC TRANS CMV

F - OUTSIDE MIRRORS

G - DAYLIGHT DRIVING ONLY

H - AUTOMATIC TRANS

I - ALSO VALID FOR 3-WHEEL MOTORCYCLE

J - FARM WORK AND DRIVER EDUCATION INSTRUCTION PERMIT

K - INTRASTATE ONLY

L - NOT VALID FOR CMVS WITH AIR BRAKES

M - NO CLASS A PASSENGER BUS

N - NO CLASS A AND B PASSENGER BUS

O - NO TRACTOR — TRAILER CMV

P - NO PASSENGERS IN CMV BUS

Q - HAND OPERATED LIGHT BEAM CONTROL

R - ELEVATED DRIVER SEAT

U - NO FREEWAY DRIVING

V - FMCSA MEDICAL WAIVER

W - BUS < 24 CAPACITY

X - NO CARGO IN CMV TANK VEHICLE

Y - IGNITION INTERLOCK REQUIRED

Z - AIR OVER HYDRAULIC BRAKE SYSTEM

A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow — Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us).