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.
This is information about driving for people with epilepsy in the UK. It covers the rules for holding a driving licence. And it explains how the agencies that issue driving licences work. It also tells you what help with transport costs is available, if you can’t drive because of your epilepsy.
Driving agencies and types of driving licence
Am I allowed to drive with a group 1 licence?
- I only ever have seizures when I am awake, and they affect my consciousness
- I only ever have seizures when I am awake, but they do NOT affect my consciousness
- I only ever have seizures when I am asleep
- I have seizures when I am both awake and asleep
- I have had an isolated seizure
- I have had a provoked seizure
Am I allowed to drive with a group 2 licence?
Reporting seizures to the driving agency
- I have had a seizure. Do I need to stop driving and inform the driving agency?
- Why should I tell the driving agency that I have had a seizure?
- How do I inform the driving agency that I have to stop driving?
Applying and reapplying for your driving licence
- How can I apply for a driving licence for the first time?
- I am allowed to drive again. How do I get my licence back?
- When will I be able to start driving again?
- How long will my driving licence be issued for?
Changing and withdrawing epilepsy medicines
- I am changing my epilepsy medicine. Do I need to stop driving?
- I am withdrawing my epilepsy medicine. Do I need to stop driving?
- What happens if I have a seizure while I am changing or withdrawing my epilepsy medicine?
Appealing against decisions made by the driving agencies
Transport costs and insurance
- I am not allowed to drive because of my epilepsy. Can I get any help with transport costs?
- Will having epilepsy affect my motor insurance?
Driving for a living
Driving in another country
- Can I drive in other countries with a UK driving licence?
- Can I drive in the UK with an overseas driving licence?
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This information was written by Epilepsy Action’s advice and information team, with guidance and input from people living with epilepsy and experts at DVLA.
Epilepsy Action would like to thank Edward Foxell at DVLA for his contribution to this information.
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Updated April 2015To be reviewed April 2018