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Car drivers and motorcyclists in Great Britain can now notify DVLA online of their epilepsy

23 December, 2016

Car drivers and motorcyclists in England, Scotland and Wales can now notify the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) about their epilepsy online.

The rules around driving and epilepsy are complex. However, all drivers are legally obliged to tell the DVLA about a medical condition that could impair their ability to drive.

Previously, drivers could only inform the DVLA by post or phone. They were then sent a series of forms to complete. The DVLA used that information to decide what action to take.

The DVLA is now offering a new system, where drivers can notify the agency of their epilepsy by completing the forms online. If a driver is reporting a seizure to the DVLA, Epilepsy Action advises that they surrender their licence beforehand. This can be done by completing the Declaration of Surrender for Medical Reasons form and posting it to the DVLA. This will help drivers avoid having their licences revoked and will make the process of reapplying for a licence easier in the future.

The DVLA worked with epilepsy charities in testing the new system to make sure it met the needs of people with the condition.

DVLA infographic

A spokeswoman for the DVLA said: "Our online medical service was launched in October allowing drivers to notify DVLA of diabetes or glaucoma. Since then we have rolled out additional conditions. We added epilepsy notifications to the service on 15 December and we have already received positive feedback from users.

"By the end of March 2017 drivers will be able to notify DVLA of more than 180 medical conditions via the online service."

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