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Rules for group 1 driving licences

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.

Am I allowed to drive with a group 1 licence?

For vehicles you can drive with a Group 1 licence please see the table on the driving agencies and licence categories page.

When you are allowed to drive depends on the type of seizures that you have.

I only ever have seizures when I am awake, and they affect my consciousness

If you have seizures while awake that affect your consciousness, you are allowed to drive when you have been seizure free for at least 12 months. The 12 month seizure-free period applies from the date of your most recent seizure. You must also meet the following conditions:

  • As far as you are able, you follow your doctor’s advice about your treatment and check-ups for epilepsy and
  • The driving agency is satisfied that as a driver you are not likely to be a source of danger to the public

I only ever have seizures when I am awake, but they do NOT affect my consciousness

You might have heard these called simple partial or focal seizures. They have to be seizures where you remain fully aware of what is going on around you and you are able to react.

The driving agency will need a detailed description of your seizures before they make a decision about when you can drive. However, you may be allowed to drive when:

  • You have only been having seizures that do not affect your consciousness, for at least 12 months (even if you continue having them)
  • You have only ever had seizures that do not affect your consciousness

Even if you have been diagnosed with simple partial or focal seizures, this does not automatically mean you will meet this particular driving entitlement.

I only ever have seizures when I am asleep

If you have seizures when you are asleep, you are allowed to drive when:

  • You have been seizure free for at least 12 months or
  • You have been having sleep seizures only for at least 12 months, and you have never had seizures while awake or
  • You have had awake seizures in the past, but you have been having sleep seizures only for at least three years

You must also meet the following conditions:

  • As far as you are able, you follow your doctor’s advice about your treatment and check-ups for epilepsy and
  • The driving agency is satisfied that as a driver you are not likely to be a source of danger to the public

I have seizures when I am both awake and asleep

If you were awake when you had your last seizure
You are allowed to drive when you have been seizure free for at least 12 months. The 12 months seizure-free period applies from the date of your most recent seizure.

You must also meet the following conditions:

  • As far as you are able, you follow your doctor’s advice about your treatment and check-ups for epilepsy and
  • The driving agency is satisfied that as a driver you are not likely to be a source of danger to the public

If you were asleep when you had your last seizure
You are allowed to drive when:

  • You have been seizure free for at least 12 months or
  • You have been having sleep seizures only for at least three years, and any seizures you had when awake were over three years ago

You must also meet the following conditions:

  • As far as you are able, you follow your doctor’s advice about your treatment and check-ups for epilepsy and
  • The driving agency is satisfied that as a driver you are not likely to be a source of danger to the public

I have had an isolated seizure

If you have a seizure after being seizure free for at least five years, the driving agency may consider this to be an isolated seizure.

This can only apply on one occasion.

If you have had an isolated seizure you may be allowed to drive when:

  • You have been seizure free for at least six months and 
  • Your consultant thinks it is unlikely you will have another seizure and
  • The driving agency is satisfied that as a driver you are not likely to be a source of danger to the public

I have had a provoked seizure

The circumstances in which the driving agency will define a seizure as provoked are very limited.

Here are some examples:

  • A seizure at the time of a stroke or mini-stroke, or in the following 24 hours
  • A doctor giving someone a medicine that is known possibly to trigger seizures

If you have had seizures in the past, it is much less likely that the driving agency will decide your seizure can be defined as provoked.

A seizure caused by alcohol or lack of sleep would not be classed as provoked.

If you think the driving agency may define your seizure as provoked, you should first talk to your doctor. They can contact a medical adviser at the driving agency to find out more on your behalf. If the driving agency believes your seizure could be defined as provoked, they will look at your case individually. Based on a doctor’s advice, the driving agency will tell you when you can start driving again.

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.

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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.

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  • Updated April 2015
    To be reviewed April 2018

Comments: read the 42 comments or add yours

Comments

My dad had a seizure, which we believe was provoked by a number of reason, firstly stress due to being diagnosed with cancer of the kidney which luckily he had removed but due to be self employed found himself in financial difficulty during the recovery period. Not long before the seizure his medication was also changed to tramadol, which I have read can trigger seizures, this was quite a high dose and was not advised or weaned off the other medication before being given tramadol.
Due to taken a seizure his first ever one and not took another in nearly 2 years, his driving licence was taken away for 6 months. He is now able to drive but he was a taxi driver to trade and was told his licence would be taken away for 5 years. The stresses in my dad lifes have been reduced signiifcantly from a financial aspect due to selling the family home, and also does no longer take tramadol. Since he is able to drive and had no sign of nother occurance of a seizure we find it very difficult for the local authority to withheld his taxi licence for a period of 5 year, when we believe this to be a provoked seizure. He asked his doctor for a written confirmation of his medical opionon on the matter so he could use this at a hearing for the local authority but the doctor refused and didn't see why him writing this letter would help in anyway as the DVLA has said he is fit to drive. I was wondering if you know of any similar cases that would help for this matter? Thank you

Submitted by Paul on

Hi Paul.

Thanks for your comment.

Each taxi licencing unit has its own conditions of licence.

There are 2 obstacles in your father’s way. One is the position taken by his local taxi licencing unit. I’m not sure there would be any way to challenge that. We do know that London taxi drivers have to meet the higher conditions for a group 2 licence.

The other obstacle is the DVLA’s driving laws. The laws on single seizures and Group 2 licences are very clear, and the risk factors are based on medical research about likelihood of further seizures.  As agreed legal requirements I’m afraid your father’s chances of challenging these are very small indeed.

Cherry
Advice & Information Team

Submitted by Cherry-Epilepsy... on

Hi,

When reapplying for a voluntarily surrendered licence I understand someone can drive before the new document is received providing the DVLA has received the application.
Do we need to have a Section 88 letter or is a postal receipt of the application enough?

many thanks

Submitted by rick on

 

Hi Rick

Having a postal receipt isn’t prove that the DVLA have received your application. It would be advisable to check with the DVLA that they have received your application and a section 88 is in the post to you.

Regards

Diane Wallace

Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Sacha-Epilepsy ... on

Hi I was assaulted in a unprovoked attack I was knocked unconscious and hit my head on a concrete floor causing a depressed fracture of the skull apparently when I came round I had a seizure that lasted a couple of minutes , I have never had a seizure in my life before however I am now been prescribed 300mg of phenytoin a day I was told to inform the Dvla which I have done.if I can't drive for a minimum of 6 month this will financially ruin me as I am a self employed carpenter any advice would be much appreciated thanks

Submitted by Richard Stockton on

Dear Richard

Thanks for your question. I’m sorry to hear about your situation. The driving rules can be very confusing, and effects they have can be very significant.

It is true that if you have a seizure, or suspected seizure, it’s your responsibility to stop driving and notify the DVLA. If you don’t, you are breaking the law. When you will be able to drive again depends on the type of seizure. If your doctors have determined that your seizure was an isolated seizure, you may be allowed to drive when:

  • you have been seizure free for at least six months and 
  • your consultant thinks it is unlikely you will have another seizure and
  • the driving agency is satisfied that as a driver you are not likely to be a source of danger to the public.

But if your doctors feel that you are at a high risk of further seizures because of the severity of your injury, there are different rules, which are explained more thoroughly in the driving section of our website you’ve been reading.

The example above is for group 1 driving licences only. Group 2 licence rules are much stricter. Please see our group 2 rules if this applies to you.

While you are unable to drive because of your epilepsy, there are some benefits which might help with transport, such as a free bus pass & the Access to Work scheme. Please see our benefits section for more details.

I hope things improve soon. If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050.

Sacha
Epilepsy Action Advice & Information Team

Submitted by Sacha@Epilepsy ... on

Hi,

I have suffered from Epilepsy since I was 14 (now 22), i have changed medications a couple of times and i am nearly a year fit free. do you know what the steps are for applying for a driving licence with Epilepsy and will having epilepsy make insurance go sky high?

kind regards
Aimee

Submitted by Aimee on

Hi Amy

Glad to hear your epilepsy is under control and hopefully you will be able to apply for your driving licence back.

To apply for your licence back you need to complete the following forms.

If you live in England, Scotland and Wales
You have to complete a D1 form and a medical questionnaire. These forms are available from Post Office® branches. You can also order a D1 pack from the DVLA website, which has everything you need. You can send the forms to DVLA up to eight weeks before you can legally drive again.

If you live in Northern Ireland
You have to complete a DL1 form and a medical questionnaire. All of the forms are available from the form ordering service at DVA or from Post Office® branches. The DL1 form can only be sent in two weeks before the date you can legally drive again.

How to get your licence back is explained on our website.

We have information on completing the medical form on our website.

Regarding your car insurance, you may find your premium is higher in the first few years. When you get your driving licence back, it will be medically restricted. Medically restricted licences are usually for one, two or three years. Three years is the most common.

If you live in England, Scotland and Wales
Once you have been seizure free for a total of five years, and your doctor supports this fact, you can apply for a long term (till 70) licence.

If you live in Northern Ireland
You can apply for a five year licence, but not for a till 70 one.

In England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the rules change when you get to 70.

You may wish to look at our car insurance scheme.

Regards

Diane
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Diane@Epilepsy ... on

I have mild myoclonic epilepsy and I don't have seizures but I have jerks and I daydream a lot will I be able to drive Im 17 and i don't know if i should/can apply for my provisional

Submitted by rebecca unthank on

Hi Rebecca

Thanks for your comment. The driving rules can be very confusing.

It’s likely that what you describe as jerks and daydreams are types of seizures. In general, you are allowed to drive when you have been seizure free for a year. It might be possible for you to get better seizure control and then be permitted to drive. You could talk to your epilepsy specialist or epilepsy nurse about your treatment, and how you might be able to achieve this.

Kind regards

Sacha

Advice & Information Team

Submitted by Sacha-Epilepsy ... on

I took an overdose sept11 2014, which resulted in a seizure, would this be classed as provoked,in order to try and get licence back before 6 months

Submitted by richard on

Hi Richard

Thanks for your question. I hope things are feeling a bit better for you now.

It’s unlikely that a seizure caused by an overdose would be classed as provoked. You could talk to your doctor to confirm this with a medical adviser at the driving agency. But, the driving agency has very strict criteria for what would be considered a provoked seizure.

Kind regards

Sacha

Advice & Information Team

Submitted by Sacha-Epilepsy ... on

Hi,

I had one awake seizure this time last year. I have never had a seizure of fit in myself before. I was running a business, lack of sleep and very stressed.

Since then I have had 3 seizures in my sleep, one being beginning of October and the others being 10 months before that. The first seizure in my sleep was due to the doctor not giving me the correct dosage, The other seizures I have had have been my sleep and whilst I have been under the influence of alcohol and lack of sleep.

Not driving has effect my job and life and relationship, had to close my business down because of it. What can I do? I have been fit free whilst I am awake since November 2013.

Submitted by Tom Peare on

Hi Tom

It sounds like things have been tough for you since you haven’t been able to drive.

The epilepsy and driving laws say that you have to be seizure-free awake or asleep for 12 months before you can re-apply for your driving licence. Or if you only have sleep seizures and no awake ones, for an established pattern of three years, you would be able to re-apply for your driving licence.

Because you’re not able to drive at the moment, you would be entitled to a free bus pass. And you might be interested in a Disabled Person’s Railcard. They could help a little. I’ve linked you to the information for England. Hope that’s correct.

For help with benefits you might want to talk to someone at your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Or contact Turn2us, which can help with benefits and grants information.

You may also be interested in our online community, forum4e. This is for people with epilepsy and carers of people with epilepsy. People can find it really helpful to talk to other people in a similar situation.

I do hope things improve for you soon.

Cherry

Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Cherry-Epilepsy... on

I have had Epilepsy since 2003 when I had my first seizure asleep at the age of 45. I Iost my driving licence for 1 year. Eleven months later with one month to go before I got my licence back I had another seizure so I lost my licence again. All my seizures have been asleep seizures. I got my licence back the year later and was seizure free for 5 years, then I had another sleep seizure and was told I could carry on driving as I hadn't had any seizure's for 5 years and the ones I had were sleep seizures. In Nov 2013 whilst driving my car with my two young children I had a suspected seizure, luckily I had just parked my car when the seizure happened and it rolled to a standstill not causing any damage to the car, myself or the children.

I have just got my licence back and now my ex wife says I cannot drive the children at all unless I have an adult in the car with me and is threating to take me to court even thought my doctor,consultant and the DVLA say I'm fit to drive. Can my ex wife legally insist I have an adult with me when I have the children with me ? This is the first awake seizure I have ever had in the 10 years of having epilepsy. Whats your take on this ?

Submitted by Gerry Thomas on

Dear Gerry

Thank you for your question. That sounds like a difficult situation.

The DVLA make the laws on driving based on carefully researched calculation of risks. So they are clear that you are at no more risk that anyone else behind a wheel. This is why you have your licence back.

I’m sorry but I don’t know what the legal situation would be, to do with looking after your children. The Equality Advisory Support Service may be able to help you. Their number is 0808 800 0082. They could talk to you about whether this would be seen as an act of discrimination.  

Depending on what the EASS say, you may want to try the family mediation service. They could possibly help you and your ex-wife resolve this.

I really hope it can sort for you soon.

Cherry, Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Mark@Epilepsy Action on

Hi, the information I have read through so far has been very helpful, could you help me with this query?

I have had Epilepsy since about 1996 and has been controlled most of the time with suitable medication. I have lost and reapplied for my licence a few times during that period up to the beginning of 2014, when my seizures suddenly seemed to become more aggressive in appearance and more frequent.

My last awake seizure was at the beginning of Feb 2014, my medication has been altered with the addition of one new drug about 8-9 months ago and so far so good.

I previously had a pattern of sleeping seizures only, I wouldn't be able to definitively say that I have had full blown night time seizures on top of the last daytime seizure, because I do have very vivid dreams/night terrors - the doctor has explained it could be due to the medication.

Briefly, my question is this - My last awake seizure in which I lost consciousness was about Feb 2014, my last nighttime seizure that could be confirmed was a few years before 2014. Do night terror/active dreams count as seizures that would affect when I could re-apply for my licence?

Thanks

Submitted by Karl on

Dear Karl

Thank you for your email.

The answer to your question is most likely to depend on how your neurologist defines what is happening for you at night. If they are unsure, they do have a hotline to the Drivers Medical Group at DVLA. They may want to discuss this with them as it is certainly a grey area.

If they do not consider your night time activity to be seizure related, then you could reapply for your licence now. If you surrendered it voluntarily you should be able to start driving once the 12 months are up, your doctor is happy for you to drive, and you know that the DVLA have received your application.

If they do think it is seizure related, there are two different ways in which you could get your licence back. One is to be completely seizure free for 12 months.  The other is to have a 3 year established pattern of sleep seizures only. You could then apply for a licence based on this fact. So even if you continued to have sleep seizures, you could continue to drive.

The driving laws for epilepsy are complicated. And your situation is not straight forward. Within that, I do hope I have been able to offer you some clarity on it.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050.


Cherry

Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Cherry, Epileps... on

I had petit mal from 14 - 17 whilst being phyically abused by my father I am now 70 and have had 2 blackouts one dec. 13 one aug 14. Both un witnessed. Consultant put me on medication and have had mri and eeg . How long before I can apply to drive again plz I surrendered my licence myself

Submitted by fran langford on

Dear Fran

It sounds like you’ve had some difficult times in your past.

Here is our information about the driving laws.

You need to be seizure free for 12 months in order to be able to reapply for your licence. There are slightly different rules if you have a pattern of sleep seizures only, or seizures that do not affect your consciousness. But as you surrendered your licence yourself, you can start the process after 10 months.

The epilepsy and driving laws are confusing though. So if it would be easier to discuss this on the on the phone, do feel free to contact us on our Epilepsy Helpline freephone number 0808 800 5050.

Cherry
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Cherry, Epileps... on

Hello,

I have been having epilepsy for about 14 years, I am 21 now, and my seizures are still not under control. I have tried many type of tablets, had a brain surgery but I keep having seizures at least once a week both grand mal and petit mal. I really want to drive, but there's no way I am going to be seizure-free for a year. I wanna pass the driving test. Am I obliged to tell them that I have epilepsy? Is it illegal drive when having epilepsy or is it just an advice ?

Submitted by Amy on

Hi Amy

It must be tough still not having seizure control after so many medicine changes and surgery. If you applied for a provision driving licence, there would be a question about your health on the form. If you didn’t declare you had epilepsy, your licence (and insurance) would be invalid. And you would be driving illegally.

It must be a hard thing to come to terms with, even after all these years.

Can I just check that you know about forum4e? It’s our online community for people with epilepsy and carers of people with epilepsy. They can’t make the laws any different, but there are lots of people on there in a similar situation so I’m sure they’d sympathise with you.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050.

Cherry
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Cherry, Epileps... on

Is there such a thing as having restrictions put on your licence, like not being allowed to drive with passengers?

Submitted by Charlotte on

Hi Charlotte

We aren’t aware of any rule about being allowed to drive but not have passengers.

Cherry

Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Cherry, Epileps... on

Hi,

I suffered an isolated seizure back in November 2014. I notified the DVLA and as predicted they revoked my license (I wasn't aware that I could voluntarily surrender it at the time!).

I've been discharged by my Neurologist who is happy with my CT, MRI and EEG results.

I have now reapplied for driving license - I know you can do it up to 8 weeks before your re-qualification date (mine is 4th May 2015). The lady at the DVLA said to post it a week before that so 9 weeks - that's what i've done.

I do have one question though which is not answered anywhere on the DVLA site -

If they are happy with my neuro and doctor's decision and grant me my license back - when should I expect to receive it? Does it ever arrive before the re-qualification date?? and do they trust you to wait until that day to drive? Or will it arrive after?

Also will the DVLA notify me that they have received my application as they have not done this yet?

Thanks,

Alex

Submitted by Alex on

Hi Alex

Thank you for your email.

It’s good news that you are able to reapply for your licence back.

I’m a bit confused over the lady at the DVLA saying you can apply 9 weeks beforehand. Maybe it’s to do with the fact you have had an isolated seizure and not a seizure due to epilepsy.

Our information is for someone with a diagnosis of epilepsy. And a person with epilepsy, who has their licence revoked by the driving agency, can only start processing their application 12 months after their last seizure. They can only start driving again when they meet the epilepsy driving regulations and have received their new licence.

If someone with epilepsy sends their licence back voluntarily they can ask the driving agency to start processing their application from 10 months after their last seizure. They can also start driving even if they don’t have their driving licence back.  As long as:

  • Their doctor agrees that they meet the epilepsy driving regulations and
  • they have checked and confirmed that the driving agency has received their driving licence application.

Maybe it would be best to check your own personal situation with the DVLA. If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. 

Regards

Diane
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Diane@Epilepsy ... on

Hi. My husband is on anti epileptic meds due to massive seizures & infective endocarditis in Sept '11. Hes been seizure free since & is on meds to insure against seizures. However, he took some st johns wort without my knowledge & had a seizure early hours of this morning. Hes main driver though I'm insured I have panic attacks & am on meds due to cyst on my spinal corD. Does he report this or not?

Submitted by Rebecca James on

Hi Rebecca

It depends whether the seizure your husband had was while he was asleep, and whether he has a pattern of three years or more sleep seizures only.  If you are not sure, the safest way would be to discuss it with DVLA. If he doesn’t report it, and continues driving, he could be driving illegally.

If he is not allowed to drive, he will be eligible for a concessionary bus pass, and possibly some help with getting to and from work.

I hope this answers your question If we can be of any further help, or if you would like to make any comments about our service, please do not hesitate to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. Your feedback is valuable.

Yours sincerely

Kathy, Epilepsy Action

Submitted by Kathy@Epilepsy ... on

Hi. Thanks for your reply. Sleep seizure in 2011 September & nothing else until that night of 25/3/2015. got appt to see GP tomorrow night, but hey seem confused by the rules too. Ive been driving & although hes been offering, have told him that we need to wait until we have a definite answer. Seizures have never been whilst he was awake & I'm very confident that its a provoked seizure by the St Johns wort. Becky

Submitted by Rebecca James on

l have been seizure free ( l had 2 unwittessed ones) for 12 months and am taking lamotrigine 75g per day neurologist ,discharged me but DVLA are still deciding if l can return to driving. My last letter from neurologist states that l am looking forward to getting my licence back. Will the fact that l am taking lamotrigine 75g per day and l am 70 be a stumbling block for me. The meds do not affect me in any way

Submitted by fran langford on

Hi Fran

No, the fact that you are taking lamotrigine will not affect a Group 1 driving licence – although it would for a Group 2 licence. I’m wondering whether it is the fact that you are now 70 that is holding the decision up. This is because it is standard practice for DVLA to seek more medical information about people before issuing a licence for people of 70 years and above. And the licence you do get will only last for 3 years, when you will need to fill out a medical form again. Have a look at this information from the Age UK website.

I hope you get your licence soon.

Regards

Kathy
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Kathy, Epilepsy... on

I've been diagnosed with epleptic only had one sleep fit while I was asleep how long is it till I can drive

Submitted by suzanne on

Hi Suzanne
The driving regulations for epilepsy can be confusing.

There are two general rules that may apply to you:

  • You are 12 months seizure free, or
  • if you have further sleep seizures, and you have a pattern of sleep seizures only for at least 12 months and never had seizures while awake you can apply for your licence.

We explain all the various driving regulations in more details on this webpage.

If you’d like to discuss this further please feel free to contact the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 5.30pm.

Regards

Diane Wallace
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Diane, Epilepsy... on

I just want to say that I followed all the rules, sending my licence back when advised by neurologist not to drive after two suspicious seizures. I applied to the DVLA eight weeks before my year of being seizure free was up sending copies of all the letters i had received from my consultant by recorded delivery. After the seventh week I was very nervous , aged seventy and on medication. I had to wear specs to drive and getting the "what if l dont get it," feeling. Exactly a year to the date of my last seizure my driving licence arrived. A few days later i gently drove my car to town , the feeling was utter utter delight . I wish everyone on here all the very best xxxx

Submitted by fran turner on

I have only ever had 2 seizures in my life. The first was back in Jan 1994 as a result of pressure on my brain caused by a brain tumor, and the other was in 2010 after a accident in menorca, I have just found out that I have not been excepted fora hgv licence and this is the only thing I can think of that would hold it back. Is there an amount of time you must wait before you can pass the medical

Submitted by Mike fisher on

Hi Mike

Thank you for your question.

When you are allowed to drive with a group 2 licence depends on the type and frequency of your seizures. We explain the rules for group 2 driving licences and epilepsy on the following webpage

https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/driving/driving-licences-group-2-rules

I hope this helps.

If you don’t have a diagnosis of epilepsy, you will need to check with the DVLA or your GP about your own situation.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact our helpline team again. You can contact us directly by email helpline@epilepsy.org.uk  or phone the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 5.30pm.

Regards

Diane Wallace

Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Diane - Epileps... on

I have awake epilepsy. But however have never gone unconscious. Only twitching (convulsing) I have never been advised to inform DVLA. But I knew not to drive for a year after my last one. Is this right? Or will I get in trouble if I don't inform DVLA? My GP or Consultant has never told me to do this. My medication is working very well & ive only had one of these seizures in the last year. So obviously I'm looking forward to driving again when I've been seizure free for a year.

Submitted by Libby Madterman on

Hi Libby
Thanks for your message. You have done the right thing by not driving, but you should also contact the DVLA to let them know about your epilepsy. If you were to start driving again without telling them about your epilepsy, your licence would be invalid and your car insurance would not cover you if you needed to make a claim.

Unfortunately not all doctors fully understand the rules about epilepsy and driving, but as a driver it’s your responsibility to let the DVLA know if you’ve had a seizure. It’s not too late to tell them. We have information about reporting seizures to the DVLA. It’s good idea to surrender your licence when you contact the DVLA. If you do this, you should be able to start the process of reapplying for your licence 10 months after your last seizure.

I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Grace
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Grace, Epilepsy... on

Hello,

I am considering going in for driving lessons and I was just wondering would I be allowed to drive with me suffering from epilepsy?.
My last seizure was in 2008 and I have been clear since then and I am also not taking any medication for it so what would my chances be?.

Sincerely.

Joanne foster.

Submitted by Joanne Foster on

Hello Joanne
Many people with epilepsy are able to drive, so it is great you are looking in to this.

Driving rules say that to be granted a driving licence a person must be seizure free for 12 months. As you have been seizure free since 2008, you would meet this rule.

Karen
Epilepsy Action Advice & Information Team

Submitted by Karen, Epilepsy... on

I'm applying for my daughters provisional licence she's 17, she's been seizure free since around the age of 7 and medication free from the age of 8, do I still have to declare she has epilepsy as it was said it was a childhood thing ?

Submitted by Estelle on

Hi Estelle
You need to tell the DVLA of her past medical history. So you do need to mention her epilepsy. But this shouldn’t affect her application.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 5.30pm.

Regards
Diane Wallace
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

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