Obstructive sleep apnoea and driving

You must tell DVLA if you have:

  • obstructive sleep apnoea which affects your ability to drive safely
  • obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome

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.

Ask your doctor if you’re not sure if your obstructive sleep apnoea will affect your driving.

Car or motorcycle licence

You can also fill in form SL1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Bus, coach or lorry licence

Fill in form SL1V and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Driving while tired

Read ‘Tiredness can kill’ on the dangers of driving while tired and how sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnoea, excessive sleepiness and other conditions can make you tired.