You have to tell the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have certain mental illnesses.
This section explains how and when to notify the DVLA about your illness. It also sets out what could happen once the DVLA know about your illness, and how to challenge a decision if you think it is wrong. There is also information about medication and driving.
- Many people with a mental illness drive safely. However, some drivers need to take extra precautions or will be too unwell to drive.
- There are some illnesses that you must report to the DVLA.
- The DVLA will use the information you give them to decide whether you should keep your licence.
- The DVLA may ask you to have a medical examination and/or a driving assessment.
- The DVLA may decide to allow you to keep your licence. Sometimes they grant a licence that is valid for 1, 2 or 3 years, which will need regular reviews. Sometimes they will take your licence away (‘revoke’ it).
- If your licence is taken away, you can appeal against this.
- If you have been told by your doctor that you are not fit to drive, you may choose to give up (‘surrender’) your licence. You can then reapply for it when your condition has improved.
- If you continue to drive against the advice of your doctor, this could affect your insurance policy.
Last reviewed in August 2013. Next review August 2015.
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