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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?

Am I allowed to drive with a group 2 licence?

Reporting seizures to the driving agency

Applying and reapplying for your driving licence

Changing and withdrawing epilepsy medicines

Appealing against decisions made by the driving agencies

Transport costs and insurance

Driving for a living

Driving in another country


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.


The DVLA has no conflict of interest.

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

  • Updated April 2015
    To be reviewed April 2018

Comments: read the 7 comments or add yours


I suffer from epilepsy but not had any seizures for over 3 years, could it be possible for me to learn to drive?

Submitted by Graeme Thompson on

Hello Graeme
Driving rules can be complicated so it is great that you are looking in to this for yourself.

Many people with epilepsy drive. As long as you meet the requirements stated in driving law, there is no reason that you would not be able to drive.

In general, to be allowed a provisional driving licence, you will need to meet the epilepsy driving rules. The rules you will need to meet will depend upon the type of seizures you have. You may find it helpful to check out our rules for group 1 driving licences, which breaks down the rules using the type of seizures as a guide. If you have been seizure free for 3 years then you meet these rules.

I hope that this has made things a little clearer for you. As I said the rules can be complicated, so if you would like to talk more about this, or if we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050.

Epilepsy Action Advice & Information Team

Submitted by Karen, Epilepsy... on

My ex partner won't let me drive with the baby
Haven't had a fit for
15 years due to medication
Going to court over this any advice on what to say about epilepsy defence

Submitted by Kevin Holden on

Hello Kevin

This sounds like a difficult situation to find yourself in.

Driving rules say that a person needs to meet the driving rules in order to be allowed to drive. In general, these say that a person must be 12 months seizure free. If you meet these driving rules, then you should be allowed to drive. 15 years seizure free is very positive.

We are not knowledgeable about family law, so are not able to offer any guidance on whether there are reasons in family law why a person may not be able to drive with a child in the car when they have a medical condition. If you have not already, it may be worth you trying to get legal advice from a solicitor specialising in family law. You can search for details of these on the Law Society website.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050.

Epilepsy Action Advice & Information Team

Submitted by tpottinger on

I have submitted my paper work to the DVLA to get my licence back. Ive been 12 months seizure free, and my only previous seizures were due to change in brands of my Keppra and Lamictal. I had had my licence for over 10yrs before I developed Epilepsy. Do you know what is the most common type of licence I am likely to get if they allow me to drive. Is it usually just 1yr, or could I be hopeful that I will get 3yrs?

Submitted by Helen Taft on

Hi I have sleep epilepsy and am allowed to drive, my condition is under control and has been for over 15 years. Yet I am for some reason not allowed to drive a lorry. Do u know why this is? Or if there is anything I can do about it, I would have to fall asleep at the wheel first to actually have a seizure.

Submitted by Chris on

Hello Chris

The group 2 driving rules do not make clear the exact reasons that a person who has sleep seizures only may not be able to drive a lorry if their seizures are well controlled. What they do say though is that for a person to be granted a group 2 licence, their risk of having a seizure must be 2% or less. They say this is generally because of the size and weight of the vehicle and the length of time an occupational driver typically spends at the wheel.

Also, you would need to not be taking any epilepsy medicines for a 10 year seizure free period.

Maybe you could get in touch with the DVLA to ask them to explain this rule further for you.


Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by rich on