Diabetic retinopathy and driving

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

There are different rules for other types of retinopathy.

Car or motorbike licence

When you must tell DVLA

You must tell DVLA if you’ve had treatment for diabetic retinopathy in:

  • both eyes
  • your functioning eye if you only have sight in one

Report your condition online

You can also fill in form DIAB1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

When you don’t need to tell DVLA

You don’t need to tell DVLA if you have, or have had, diabetic retinopathy in one eye and you still meet the ‘visual standards for driving’.

Bus, coach or lorry licence

You must tell DVLA if you have or have had diabetic retinopathy in one or both eyes.

The form you must fill in depends on whether your diabetes is controlled by:

Send your form to DVLA. The address is on the form.