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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

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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 2015
    To be reviewed April 2018

Comments: read the 4 comments or add yours


What about bicycles?

Submitted by Fred on

Good advice re. Resuming driving. Clearer than DVLA.

Submitted by Ken Clarke on

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