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.
These rules only apply to group 1 licences. You can’t hold a group 2 licence to drive a bus, coach or lorry if you’re taking epilepsy medicines.
Your doctor will advise you if you need to stop driving and for how long. You don’t need to tell the driving agency or return your licence, unless you have a seizure.
The driving agencies recommend that for safety, you should stop driving during the period of medicine withdrawal, and for 6 months after withdrawal is complete. Your doctor will tell you if you can start driving again earlier than this. You don’t need to tell the driving agency or return your licence, unless you have a seizure.
If you have a seizure while changing or withdrawing your epilepsy medicine, in most cases you’ll need to stop driving and surrender you licence.
You’re likely to lose your licence for 12 months, but you may be able to get it back sooner than this if you go back to the medicine that previously controlled your seizures. This may apply if:
- You’ve been back on that treatment for at least 6 months and
- You’ve been seizure free since going back on that treatment
There are just 2 exceptions where you don’t need to stop driving and surrender your licence. These are:
- You have a licence based on having sleep seizures, and the seizure you had was a sleep seizure or
- You have a licence based on having seizures that don’t affect your consciousness, and the seizure you had was the same type
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 Foxhell 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