Over a million people across the UK rely on their cars to help them live with a medical condition. But did you know there are 100+ different conditions that you might need to declare to the DVLA before getting behind the wheel? These are known as 'notifiable conditions' and the exact rules vary depending on the nature of the condition. Some will mean you can continue driving, while others could lead to you being told to surrender your licence.
It's crucial that you declare notifiable conditions to the DVLA as soon as you're diagnosed or start learning to drive. If you don't declare a condition that you should have, you could be fined up to £1000, have your vehicle seized, insurance invalidated, and prosecuted if you're involved in an accident.
The stakes are high, so it's definitely worth checking if your medical condition is included in the list below — there are some surprising conditions included, so never assume you're in the clear.
These are the most common medical conditions that affect your driving and, depending on the condition and/or the severity of it, you might need to tell the DVLA. You can find the full A–Z of notifiable conditions here.
|Driving after surgery||Epilepsy||Heart disease||Parkinson's Disease||Anxiety|
|Diabetes||Eyesight / Monocular Vision||Medications||Sleep disorders||Limb disability|
The UK government has a form for near-enough everything — the DVLA is no different. You can find your medical conditions and declare them on the gov.uk site.
After reporting your condition, the DVLA may allow you to continue driving until a formal decision has been made. They could ask to speak to your GP or even arrange a driving assessment for you. The whole process usually takes around 6 weeks.
The DVLA will then make one of the following decisions:
If you disagree with the DVLA's verdict on your medical condition, you can appeal the decision as long as you're able to provide information that wasn't included in the original assessment. To appeal, you'll need to write to the DVLA at the following address:
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Drivers Medical Group
Here is the full list of medical conditions that you might need to tell the DVLA about. Most conditions won't lead to you losing your licence or being unable to get one, and many don't need to be declared unless your doctor says so.
If you're not sure if your medical condition is severe enough to declare, then always take your doctor's advice.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Autistic spectrum condition
Balloon angioplasty (leg)
Brachial plexus injury
Brain abscess, cyst or encephalitis
Brain injury (traumatic)
Burr hole surgery
Carotid artery stenosis
Central venous thrombosis
Chronic aortic dissection
Congenital heart disease
Coronary artery bypass or disease
Cranial nerve palsy (with double vision
Diplopia (double vision)
Grand mal seizures
Heart valve disease or replacement valve
High blood pressure
Hypoxic brain damage
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
Ischaemic heart disease
Left bundle branch block
Lewy body dementia
Long QT syndrome
Loss of an eye
Low blood sugar
Malignant brain tumours
Manic depressive psychosis
Memory problems (severe)
Monocular vision (sight in one eye only)
Motor neurone disease
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Ocular myasthenia gravis (with double vision)
Ophthalmoplegia (with double vision)
Peripheral arterial disease
Petit mal seizures
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension
Retinal artery fugax
Retinopathy (with laser treatment)
Severe communication disorders
Sight in one eye only
Spinal problems and injuries
Temporal lobe epilepsy
Tonic clonic fits
Transient global amnesia
Transient ischaemic attack
Valve disease or replacement valve
Vision in one eye only
Visual acuity (reduced)
Visual field defect