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REQUIREMENTS TO LEARN TO DRIVE

DVSA REQUIRED STANDARD

Overview

You need to tell DVLA about some medical conditions as they can affect your driving.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving.

You can voluntarily give up your licence. You might choose to do this if, for example:

  • your doctor tells you to stop driving for 3 months or more

  • your medical condition affects your ability to drive safely and lasts for 3 months or more

  • you do not meet the required standards for driving because of your medical condition

You’ll need to tell DVLA and send them your licence.

If you have a medical condition that affects your driving and do not voluntarily give up your licence, you must inform DVLA. They will decide if you can continue holding a driving licence.

Check if your condition needs to be reported

If you have a car or motorcycle licence, you can either:

You’ll then be told how to report your condition - this will either be in the online service or by printing off and sending a paper form.

Autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and driving

You must tell DVLA if your autistic spectrum condition (ASC) affects your ability to drive safely. This includes Asperger syndrome.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

If you’re applying for your provisional (learners) driving licence 


You do not need to tell DVLA about your condition unless you think that it may affect your ability to drive safely.

Ask your doctor if you’re not sure if your condition will affect your driving.

Car or motorcycle licence

If you already have a car or motorcycle licence you need to tell DVLA if:

  • there is a change to your condition that may make you an unsafe driver

  • you are prescribed medication that causes side effects that will affect your driving

Fill in form A1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

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