You will normally receive a decision about whether you can drive within 6 weeks of informing the DVLA about your medical condition. The DVLA may contact your doctor, request for your condition to be examined further, or require you to take a driving assessment, eyesight exam or driving test.
You must surrender your licence if the doctor tells you to stop driving because of your medical condition, or if you don’t currently meet the required standards for driving – surrendering your licence voluntarily could mean that you can start driving again sooner.
It is a criminal offence if you don’t inform the DVLA as soon as possible about a condition that might affect your ability to drive safely, and you could be fined up to £1,000 if you fail to do so. If you do not inform the DVLA of such a condition and you have an accident, you could be prosecuted.
The DVLA manages driving licences in England, Scotland and Wales, and renewals can be done online through GOV.UK. Drivers in Northern Ireland will need to contact the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) instead (Tel: 0300 200 7861 Mon – Fri 9 am to 5pm or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Driving safely requires a lot of different skills and senses to be used together, which means that there are many health conditions that may affect your ability to drive. The health guidelines also vary depending on the type vehicle you drive and licence you hold.
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