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.
DVLA encourages people who have had a driving licence revoked or refused to forward any additional evidence they may have to Drivers Medical Group for consideration. An appeal may be unnecessary if:
- You have relevant medical evidence or information that had not previously been made available to DVLA and
- This may have an affect on the Medical Advisor’s licensing decision
The driving agency has refused my application for a driving licence, but I don’t agree. What can I do?
You can write to the driving agency asking them to review your case. You will need to explain why you believe their decision is wrong, and send with your letter, a letter of support from your GP or epilepsy specialist. If your request isn’t successful, and you believe the driving agency is acting unlawfully, you can make a formal appeal.
Reasons why the driving agency may review their decision
A possible 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 possible 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 that comes to light. This information may show that your diagnosis has changed, or that your case is, in some way, exceptional.
A possible administrative error
If you think the driving agency has made an administrative error, you should contact the driving agency, 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 will not review their decision
The driving agency will not review their decision if you don’t meet the epilepsy driving rules. In this situation it is not 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 around epilepsy regulations. 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 Magistrates’ Court
Six months from the date of DVLA’s decision
If you live in Scotland
21 days from the date of DVLA’s decision
If you live in Northern Ireland
Departmental Solicitors Office
Three months from the date of issue of the 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.
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 2015To be reviewed April 2018