These pages are about driving laws in the UK. If you are looking for information about driving laws in another country, please contact your local epilepsy organisation.
The law says that if you hold a driving licence, or want to start driving for the first time, you must tell the driving agency about your epilepsy. In England, Scotland and Wales you need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). In Northern Ireland you need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA).
Some people believe that if you have epilepsy, you will never be allowed to hold a driving licence. But for many people with epilepsy this isn't true. Find out more by clicking on the links below.
When do I need to stop driving?
When can I drive?
- Find out when you can drive using our online tool
- The rules for driving a car or motorcycle (group 1 licence)
- The rules for driving a bus, coach or lorry (group 2 licence)
What are the rules if I'm changing or withdrawing my epilepsy medicine?
How do I get my licence back or apply for a first licence?
What can I do if I'm unhappy with the driving agency's decision?
Will my epilepsy affect my motor insurance?
Can I get help with travel costs and work?
Can I drive for a living when I have epilepsy?
Epilepsy Action would like to thank DVLA for his contributing to this information.
This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.
- Updated March 2019To be reviewed March 2022