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. With your letter, you will also need to 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
Reasons why the driving agency may review their decision
A wrong diagnosis
If you think you have been wrongly diagnosed with epilepsy, you should first talk to your doctor. If necessary, ask to have another opinion from an epilepsy specialist. If your diagnosis changes, write to the driving agency, telling them you would like them to review their decision, and why. The driving agency will base their decision on whether you can have a licence on the information they get from you and your doctor.
A misunderstanding of your case
If you think the driving agency has misunderstood your case, you, or ideally your doctor, should write to the driving agency with further details. You can also send them copies of any new, relevant, medical information. This information may show that your diagnosis has changed, or that your case is, in some way, exceptional.
An administrative error
If you think the driving agency has made an administrative error, you should contact them, telling them what error you believe they have made. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, you may then want to seek legal advice.
Reasons why the driving agency cannot review their decision
The driving agency cannot review their decision if you don’t meet the epilepsy driving rules. In this situation 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.
If your request for a review of the driving agency’s decision isn’t successful, and you still believe their decision is unlawful, you may decide to make a formal appeal. The driving agency should send you details of the appeals process at the time of the licence decision.
If you decide to go ahead with an appeal, it’s really important to get legal advice first. People very rarely win appeals to do with epilepsy regulations. And if you don’t win, you 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
6 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
Departmental Solicitors Office
3 months from the date of DVA's decision letter
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 Ed Foxell at DVLA for his contribution to this information.
Ed Foxell has declared no conflict of interest.
This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.
- Updated April 2018To be reviewed April 2020