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:

  • epilepsy
  • strokes
  • 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 to stop driving because of your medical condition, or if you don’t currently meet the required standards for driving.

Surrendering your licence voluntarily may mean you can start driving again sooner.

First licence or renewal if you’re over 70

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.