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.
If you disagree with the driving agency’s decision to revoke or refuse your licence, you can write to them to ask them to reconsider. You must be able to provide relevant information that was not included in the original assessment. With your letter, you must also include:
- Evidence that you meet the required standards for driving (for example, a letter from your GP or neurologist)
- The reference number from the letter the driving agency sent you
The driving agency will only change their decision if you can prove that you meet the required standards for driving. If you don’t meet the required standards it isn’t legally possible for them to issue you with a licence. There are no exceptions to this, even if you feel you really need a licence.
How can I appeal against the driving agency’s decision?
You also have the option to appeal the driving agency’s decision to refuse or revoke your licence. It’s important to get legal advice before deciding whether or not to appeal. If you don’t win, you may have to pay the driving agency’s costs.
Who to appeal to
Time you have to appeal
If you live in England or Wales
Your local magistrate’s court
Six months from the date of DVLA’s decision
If you live in Scotland
Your local sheriff’s court
21 days from the date of DVLA’s decision
If you live in Northern Ireland
Your local clerk of petty sessions
Three months from the date of DVA’s decision letter
You must also tell the DVLA or DVA in writing that you intend to appeal.
If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Action freephone Helpline on 0808 800 5050.
Epilepsy Action would like to thank DVLA for contributing to this information.
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- Updated March 2019To be reviewed March 2022