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Driving

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 you need to stop driving and how to report your epilepsy to the driving agency

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?

Rules if you're changing or withdrawing your epilepsy medicine (group 1 licence)

How do I get my licence back or apply for a first licence?

How to apply or reapply for a driving licence

What can I do if I'm unhappy with the driving agency's decision?

Appealing against decisions made by the driving agency

Will my epilepsy affect my motor insurance?

Information about motor insurance for people with epilepsy

Can I get help with travel costs and work?

Help with travel costs and work when you can't drive because of your epilepsy

Can I drive for a living when I have epilepsy?

Information about driving for a living when you have epilepsy

Code: 
B005.07

Epilepsy Action would like to thank DVLA for his contributing to this information.

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

  • Updated March 2019
    To be reviewed March 2022

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Comments

I have just lost my licence for having a fit after 20years. My insurance has my dad as name driver, can my dad still drive me around in my car for the next year, as i cant drive it.? is my insurance policy still valid. Have notified dvla,?

Submitted by karen on

 

Dear Karen,

 

Thank you for your message.

 

I am sorry to hear that your epilepsy has caused you to lose your licence.

 

As your insurance is based on your driving licence, it will now be invalid.

 

Some insurers might allow the main policyholder to be transferred to your dad. You would need to call your insurer to ask them if they can do this. 

 

However, some insurers will require that you also transfer the car’s ownership into his name too.

https://www.gov.uk/sold-bought-vehicle

 

It could be worth shopping around and calling some insurers to see what they can do.

 

I hope this information helps.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am until 5.30pm.

Kind regards

 

Vicky

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by rich on

Hi after12 yrs of epilepsy diagnosed 2 mild strokes and at that time epilepsy which the NHS at that time never picked up I took Tegretol which helped the seizures decline to 3 in the day 2 at night a week. I was taken off them now after saying it is none epileptic. With the 6500 taken off me, my seizures have increased to average 14 a day and 6 at night that last up to 4min being very confused, being sick a lot. I just want to know will this ever stop. As a professor noticed my scaring of which was never reported. Professor states they are two old ones but due to strain it as now provoked my sensory with the seizures of tight crouch. It as burst some brain parts that now I am Sevier blind from total deaf due to bursts mute that side of right side sensory damage. I just want to know will this ease eventually My professor as put me on epilepsy which as now reduced but just waiting for this to finish with my Neurology now closed my case and a professor taking on my situation I just can not understand is it none epileptic from one hospital or have epileptic that reduce my seizures but the sensory is all damaged through heavy none seizures that are all confusing. I know am in a wheelchair with no sensation and done all tests from my professor saying they are no feeling after a large none epileptic seizure? I will be having more tests due to the continued vomit that as caused the throat not to swallow only a syringe into my stomach. The brain sensory damaged area. Will these seizures stop thank you? My support worker David lip reads and she types my documents and codes my hand.

Submitted by Geoff Bosworth on

Dear Geoff,

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been through such a tough journey.

It’s difficult to say whether your seizure will ever stop completely. Sometimes seizures can be very difficult to control. And for some people, treatment can only make them less frequent and/or less severe.  Unfortunately, treatment doesn’t always stop seizures entirely.  If your seizures are difficult to control and the still happen even with treatment it can be challenging and frustrating.

The most important thing is that you have the right diagnosis and are  getting the right treatment for you. And we have some information about this and different types of epilepsy treatment on our website that you might find helpful.  I’m not sure whether the doctors think your seizures are epileptic, non-epileptic or a mixture of both. But if some of your seizures are non-epileptic seizures these won’t be helped by epilepsy medicines and would need a different type of treatment. And we have a webpage with more information on non-epileptic seizures and how they’re treated. 

I hope with the right diagnosis and the right treatment that things can improve for you. 

Regards

Jess

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by rich on

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