Medical conditions, disabilities and driving

3. What DVLA will decide

DVLA will assess your medical condition or disability and decide if:

  • you need to get a new driving licence
  • you can have a shorter licence - for 1, 2, 3 or 5 years
  • you need to adapt your car by fitting special controls
  • you must stop driving and give up your licence

You need to adapt your vehicle

If you’ve been told that you must adapt your car, you get an independent assessment of your adaptation needs through the Forum of Mobility Centres.

Find out more about adapting your vehicle and where to get special controls fitted through the Ricability charity.

You must stop driving

You’ll be given a medical reason why you must stop driving, and be told if and when you can reapply for your licence.

If you disagree with DVLA’s decision

You can write to DVLA if you disagree with the decision to stop you driving. You must be able to provide relevant information that wasn’t included in the original assessment.

You must also include:

  • proof that you meet the required standards for driving (these are explained in the decision letter DVLA sent you)
  • the reference number from your decision letter

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You can also appeal the decision if you contact your local magistrate’s court within 6 months, or your local sheriff’s court in Scotland within 21 days.

You may want to get legal advice before you appeal - you might be able to get legal aid to pay for it.

You must tell DVLA in writing if you choose to appeal.

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Make a complaint

You can make a complaint if you’re unhappy with the service you get from DVLA.