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.
As well as licensing vehicles, the driving agencies decide if people are allowed to drive. They are also responsible for issuing driving licences.
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales
You will need to deal with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, or DVLA.
If you live in Northern Ireland
You will need to deal with the Driver and Vehicle Agency, or DVA.
The terms ‘driving agency’ and ‘driving agencies’ are used in these web pages where the information applies to both DVLA and DVA. Where something applies only to DVLA or only to DVA, we make that clear.
Contact details for the driving agencies
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
Address: Drivers Medical Group, DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1TU
Tel: 0300 790 6806; Fax: 0845 850 0095
Driver and Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland (DVA)
Address: Medical Section, Driving Licensing Division, Coleraine County Hall, Castlerock Road, Waterside, Coleraine, BT51 3TB
Tel: 0845 402 4000
There are two different sets of rules for holding a driving licence, depending on the type of vehicle you want to drive.
The table below shows which licence you need for different vehicles, and which set of rules you need to follow.
|Motorcycles and scooters||A+A1+A2||1|
|Cars; vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes; vehicles with 1-8 passenger seats||B||1|
|Car plus trailer||B+E||1|
|Vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes||C1||2*|
|Vehicles over 7.5 tonnes||C||2|
|Vehicles with 9-16 passenger seats||D1||2*|
|Vehicles with over 16 passenger seats||D||2|
|Sit-on lawn mowers; children’s motor scooters||K||1|
* If you have a Group 1 licence and you got your licence before 1st January 1997, and have not had your licence renewed since then, you can also drive vehicles in C1 and D1 categories. See DVLA or DVA websites for more information.
By law you don’t need a driving licence to drive any vehicle on private land. However, if your seizures are not well controlled, it could put you or others at risk when you are driving.
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 and DVA.
Epilepsy Action would like to thank staff at DVLA and DVA for their contribution to this information.
The DVLA and DVA have no conflict of interest.
This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.
Updated June 2013To be reviewed June 2015