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.
Before you can start driving you will need a provisional driving licence. You’ll need to meet the same epilepsy driving rules as for a full group 1 licence. You can apply for your provisional licence online, or complete an application form available from Post Offices.
You can reapply for your licence up to 8 weeks before the date you meet the legal standard for driving. For most people this date will be 12 months after their last seizure, but this might be different depending on the type of seizures you have. See our page about the group 1 driving rules or group 2 driving rules to check.
Before you reapply, check with your doctor that they agree you’re fit to drive again. If they think you meet the epilepsy driving rules, you can then start the process of reapplying.
If you're reapplying for a group 1 licence, these are the forms you will need to reapply:
England, Scotland and Wales
D1 application form (available from Post Offices or to order from DVLA)
DL1 application form (available from Post Offices and MOT test centres). Once DVA has received your application, they will send you a medical questionnaire.
If you are reapplying to get your group 2 licence back, contact the relevant driving agency to find out what forms you need to fill in.
I’ve reapplied for my licence. When can I start driving again?
When you can start driving again depends on whether you surrendered your licence, or whether it was formally withdrawn (revoked) by the driving agency.
If you surrendered your licence
If you surrendered your licence you may be able to start driving again as soon as you meet the epilepsy driving rules, while you're waiting to receive your new licence. This would be possible if:
- The driving agency has received your application and
- There are no other medical or legal reasons why you should not be driving
Full information about this is available in the leaflet INF188/6 - Can I drive while my application is with DVLA? (England, Scotland and Wales). Information for drivers in Northern Ireland is available on the NI direct website.
If your driving licence was revoked
If your driving licence was revoked you’ll have to wait until all medical enquiries are complete. You will also need to have your driving licence back before you can start driving again.
When you get your driving licence back, it will be medically restricted. Medically restricted licences can be for 1, 2, 3 or 5 years.
If you have been seizure free for 5 years, the driving agency may issue you with a ‘till 70’ licence.
I’ve got my group 1 licence back but the categories of vehicle I can drive has changed. Why is that?
Group 1 licences issued before 1 January 1997 included the categories C1 (lorries weighing between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes) and D1 (minibuses, 9-16 seats, not for hire or reward). Licences issued after 1 January 1997 do not include these categories. If you’ve had to give up your pre-1997 licence for medical reasons, the C1 and D1 categories will have been taken off.
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 freephone Helpline on 0808 800 5050.
Epilepsy Action would like to thank DVLA for contributing to this information.
This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.
- Updated March 2019To be reviewed March 2022