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Jargon Buster

Disabilities or medical conditions

Certain disabilities or medical conditions need to be reported to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) as they may affect your or any named drivers ability to drive.

DVLA must be informed if you/they have any of the following:

  • an epileptic event (seizure or fit)
  • sudden attacks of disabling giddiness, fainting or blackouts
  • severe mental handicap
  • a pacemaker, defibrillator or anti-ventricular tachycardia device fitted
  • diabetes controlled by insulin
  • diabetes controlled by tablets
  • a serious problem with memory
  • a major or minor stroke
  • any type of brain surgery, brain tumour, severe head injury involving in-patient treatment at hospital
  • any severe psychiatric illness or mental disorder
  • continuing/permanent difficulty in the use of arms or legs which affects your/their ability to control a vehicle
  • dependence on or misuse of alcohol, illicit drugs or chemical substances in the past 3 years (this does not include drink driving offences)
  • any visual disability which affects BOTH eyes (no need to declare short/long sight or colour blindness

If you require any further assistance, please click here to view the DVLA medical rules.


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