You must tell the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have certain mental illnesses. Or if your medication affects your driving. This section explains how and when to tell the DVLA about your illness or medication. It explains what could happen when you tell the DVLA and how to challenge a decision if you think it is wrong.
- Having a mental illness does not always mean you cannot drive safely. But some drivers need to take extra care or may become too unwell to drive.
- If you have certain illnesses you must tell the DVLA.
- The DVLA will use the information you give them to decide if you should keep your licence.
- They may ask you to have a medical examination or a driving assessment.
- Sometimes they can give you a licence that is valid for 1 to 5 years.
- Sometimes they will take your licence away (‘revoke’ it). You can appeal.
- If your doctor says you are not fit to drive, you can give up (‘surrender’) your licence. You can reapply for it when your condition has improved.
- If you continue to drive when your doctor says you shouldn’t, you could be charged with an offence.
This section covers:
- When do I have to tell the DVLA about my mental health condition?
- Will my medication affect my ability to drive?
- How do I tell the DVLA?
- When would I give up my driving licence?
- What happens after I tell the DVLA?
- What happens if I do not tell the DVLA?
- How can I challenge a decision?
- What if I'm not happy with how my doctor or DVLA have treated me?
Last reviewed in October 2018. Next review October 2021.
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