Medical conditions, disabilities and driving
1. Telling DVLA about a medical condition or disability
You must tell DVLA if you have a driving licence and:
- you develop a ‘notifiable’ medical condition or disability
- a condition or disability has got worse since you got your licence
Notifiable conditions are anything that could affect your ability to drive safely. They can include:
- other neurological and mental health conditions
- physical disabilities
- visual impairments
If you’re in Northern Ireland you must contact the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA).
How to tell DVLA
Check if you need to tell DVLA about your condition to find the forms or questionnaires you need. The address you need is on the forms.
There are different forms for different conditions and disabilities.
Contact DVLA if you’re not sure what to do.
You could be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a condition that might affect your ability to drive safely. You could also be prosecuted if you have an accident.
Surrendering your licence
You must surrender your licence to DVLA if your doctor tells you that you need to stop driving for 3 months or more because of your medical condition.
You can apply to get your licence back when you meet the medical standards for driving again.
First licence or renewal if you’re 70 or over
You must also tell DVLA about notifiable conditions if you:
You’ll be asked for this information in your application form. You don’t need to contact DVLA separately.