You have to tell the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have certain mental illnesses or take some medication. 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.
- There are some illnesses that you have to tell the DVLA about.
- 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 3 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, this could affect your insurance policy.
This section covers:
- Who should I tell if my illness affects my driving?
- 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?
- What if my medication affects my driving?
- How can I challenge a decision?
- What if I am in an accident?
Last reviewed in October 2015. Next review October 2017.
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