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 if you have diabetic retinopathy.

Car or motorbike licence

When you must tell DVLA

You must tell DVLA if you have, or have had, retinopathy in:

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

Report your condition online

You can also fill in form V1 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, 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, retinopathy in one or both eyes.

Fill in form V1V and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.