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Rules for group 2 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 2 licence?

Group 2 licences allow you to drive medium-sized vehicles, large vehicles, minibuses and buses. For a more detailed breakdown of transport covered by a group 2 driving licence see the DVLA website.

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

 I have had two or more seizures

You can apply to have group 2 entitlements added to your driving licence when:

  • You hold a full car licence and
  • You have been free of seizures for ten years and
  • You have not taken epilepsy medicine during this ten year period and
  • If you are in Northern Ireland, you have been declared fit to drive after a medical examination by a consultant nominated by the DVA

I have had an isolated seizure

To apply or re-apply to have group 2 entitlements added to your driving licence you normally need to be seizure free and off epilepsy medicine for 10 years.

But if you had a single seizure at least five years ago, you may still be able to apply for a group 2 driving licence. This is because DVLA may define your seizure as an isolated one. This can only apply on one occasion.

You can apply to have group 2 entitlements added to your driving licence when:

  • You had a single seizure at least five years ago and
  • You have taken no epilepsy medicine in the last five years and
  • A neurologist has recently assessed you as fit to drive and
  • You hold a current valid driving licence or the driving agency has received your completed application form

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

If you think the driving agency may class 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 classed as provoked, they will look at your case individually. Based on a doctor’s advice, the driving agency will advise 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.

Code: 
B005.04

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 2015
    To be reviewed April 2018

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