Older drivers: medical conditions

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Older drivers with medical conditions

If you've got a medical condition or disability that could affect your ability to drive, you must tell the DVLA (DVA in Northern Ireland).

They will assess your fitness to drive using the information you give them and may ask you to have a medical examination or a driving assessment. You may be:

  • allowed to keep a full licence
  • given a temporary medical licence, valid for one to three years
  • given a licence coded to only drive an automatic car or one with specialist controls
  • in extreme cases, refused a licence

You have to update the DVLA/DVA if your medical condition changes in a way that could affect the way you drive.

You also need to tell your insurance company about your condition and about the DVLA/DVA’s decision.

If you're diagnosed as having an illness or injury, ask your doctor if you need to notify the DVLA/DVA.

You're responsible for notifying the DVLA. Failure to do so is a criminal offence and you could be prosecuted.

Check on advice from the DVLA/DVA on certain medical conditions

More information

Find your nearest mobility centre for advice and assessment

Older Drivers Forum

Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)

Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland (DVANI)

GEM Motoring Assist - Still Safe to Drive

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