For a list of the conditions and disabilities which are investigated for car or motorcycle licence (group one) holders and lorry or bus licence (group two) holders, see the information at the links below:
The information on this page is for standard car and motorbike licences. For details on how to apply or reapply to have lorry, bus or coach entitlements added to your licence, visit the DVLA or NI direct website.
When you can start driving again depends on whether you surrendered your licence, or it was revoked by the driving agency. See what is the difference between surrendering my licence and having it revoked on our stopping driving webpage
In England, Scotland and Wales, Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 allows a person to drive if they are temporarily without a driving licence. In Northern Ireland, the law that allows this is the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order, 1981.
It is up to you to be sure you meet the rules for driving while you are waiting to get your licence back. Your doctor does not need to confirm you are safe to drive. But if they tell you not to drive, you must follow their advice.
If your driving licence was revoked, you must wait until the driving agency has completed its medical enquiries and sent you back your licence. You can start driving again as soon as you have got your licence back.
To apply for a first provisional licence, you need to meet the same medical standards for a full car or motorcycle licence. Check the driving rules here. You must wait to get your licence before you start driving lessons.
Most people with epilepsy will be issued with a short-term medical driving licence. It may last for 1, 2, 3 or 5 years. If you have been seizure free for 5 years, the driving agency may issue you with a standard 10 year licence.
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Medicals play an essential part in keeping our roads safe, helping to show that drivers are fit and meet the required standards. If applying for your first Group 2 licence, you will need a D2 application form which you must complete and a D4 medical form which will be completed by our doctor at your appointment.
The D4 medical form can be downloaded from our website quickly and easily or you can order your D2 and D4 medical form pack from the DVLA. You can obtain a D4 form from some post offices but we advise against this as they may stock older versions of the form which DVLA may no longer accept.
Along with the appropriate forms, you will need to bring photo ID (driving licence or passport), glasses if you wear them and the optical prescription for your glasses, details of any medication you are taking and information about any hospital appointments and treatments. 2b1af7f3a8