Driving and Notifiable Medical Conditions

November 11, 2021
by Rachel

Full list of medical conditions drivers must declare or face £1,000 fine

The DVLA has warned drivers they must declare if they have certain medical conditions or they could face a £1,000 fine.

A full list of health conditions has been published on the organisation’s website, with motorists being urged to check whether their ability to drive might be affected.

They range from anxiety and brain tumours to having tunnel vision and schizophrenia. Drivers can declare conditions online or using a paper form and the agency will then make an assessment and can stop someone from driving if necessary. If someone has a condition they haven’t declared and they then have an accident, they could be prosecuted.

It is thought that around one million drivers are using the roads without properly declaring a medical condition to the DVLA. Some rules are different for drivers of cars compared to those behind the wheel of a bus or lorry. For example those who are deaf don’t need to tell the DVLA if they only have a car licence but do if they have a licence to drive HGVs. Some conditions only need to be declared if it is felt they affect a person’s ability to drive – with motorists being urged to check with their doctors first. Drivers should also notify the DVLA if there condition has got worse since the licence was awarded.

Full list of conditions car drivers may need to report to the DVLA:
Agoraphobia – if it affects your driving
Alcohol problems
Alzheimer’s disease
Angiomas or cavernomas
Ankylosing spondylitis – if it affects your driving
Anorexia nervosa – if it affects your driving
Anxiety – if it affects your driving
Aortic aneurysm- if it is 6 centimetres or more in diameter despite treatment
Arachnoid cyst
Arrhythmia – if you you have distracting or disabling symptoms
Arteriovenous malformation
Arthritis – if you use special controls for driving
ADHD – if it affects your driving
Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
Blood clots in the brain – but not in the lungs
Blood pressure – if you are experiencing side effects from treatment
Brachial plexus injury
Brain abscess, cyst or encephalitis
Brain aneurysm
Traumatic brain injury
Brain tumour
Broken limbs – if you’ll be unable to drive for more than 3 months
Brugada syndrome
Burr hole surgery
Cancer – if it will lead to problems with your brain or nervous system
Central venous thrombosis – if you’re still having problems a month later
Cerebral palsy
Cognitive problems
Congenital heart disease – if symptoms affect driving
Fits, seizures or convulsions and driving
Déjà vu – if you have seizures or epilepsy
If you have an implanted defibrillator
Depression – if it affects your ability to drive safely.
Diabetes – if your insulin treatment last over 3 months
Diplopia (double vision)
Dizziness or vertigo – if it is sudden, disabling or recurrent.
Drug use
Empyema (brain)
Essential tremor – if it affects your ability to drive safely.
Eye conditions
Guillain Barré syndrome
Serious head injury
Heart attacks – check with your doctor
Heart failure – if your symptoms affect your ability to drive
Heart palpitations
High blood pressure (hypertension) – if a doctor tells you to stop driving
Hodgkin’s lymphoma – if you develop problems with the brain or nervous system
Huntington’s disease – if it causes any symptoms.
Hydrocephalus with symptoms
Hypoxic brain damage
Intracerebral haemorrhage – if you’re still having problems a month later
Korsakoff’s syndrome
Labyrinthitis – if you have symptoms for 3 months or more.
Learning disabilities but not learning difficulties e.g dyslexia
Lewy body dementia
Limb disability
Long QT syndrome
Lung cancer – if your doctor says you can’t drive
Lymphoma – if your doctor says you can’t drive
Marfan’s syndrome
Meningioma – if it affects your driving
Motor neurone disease
Muscular dystrophy
Myasthenia gravis
Night blindness
Obsessive compulsive disorder – if it affects your driving.
Excessive sleepiness – if moderate or severe
Optic atrophy
Pacemakers – if you’ve had one fitted
Paranoid schizophrenia
Parkinson’s disease
Peripheral neuropathy
Personality disorder – if it affects your driving
Pituitary tumour
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – if it affects your driving.
Psychotic depression
Pulmonary arterial hypertension
Severe memory problems
Stroke – if you’re still having problems a month afterwards
Surgery – and you’re still unable to drive 3 months later.
Sleep apnoea – if its caused excessive sleepiness for at least three months
Schizo-affective disorder
Severe communication disorders
Spinal conditions, injuries or spinal surgery
Subarachnoid haemorrhage
Tourette’s syndrome – if it affects your ability to drive
Tunnel vision
Usher syndrome
Reduced visual acuity
Visual field defect
VP shunts
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

For more information on each of these conditions, check the DVLA website.