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A guide for drivers following a stroke, TIA, ministroke, cerebral thrombosis or amaurosis fugax

The role of the Medical Section within Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) is to promote road safety by establishing whether drivers who have medical conditions can satisfy the medical standards of fitness required for safe driving.

When will DVA investigate a medical condition

Medical enquiries will need to be undertaken if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • one month after a stroke there are residual symptoms causing limb weakness, or visual disturbance, or problems with co-ordination, memory or understanding
  • epileptic attacks of any kind have occurred, other than those within the 24 hours following the stroke event
  • brain surgery was required as part of the treatment for the stroke event
  • there has been more than one stroke event within the past three months
  • your doctors have expressed concern about your fitness to drive
  • you hold either a current Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) or Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence

Persistent limb disability following a stroke event may not prevent you from holding a driving licence. Adaptations to a vehicle and/or restriction to automatic types of vehicle may enable you to overcome driving difficulties even when there are quite complex disabilities.

The law requires adaptations or restriction to certain types of vehicles to be noted on your licence. Therefore you'll need to tell DVA if adaptations are necessary. In the interests of road safety you must be sure at all times that you can safely control a motor vehicle.

If you have any doubts as to whether any of the above points apply to your case, you should discuss the matter with your doctor(s). You'll need to contact DVA if any of the circumstances listed above are relevant to your case.

You can notify DVA about your condition by:

  • telephone 0845 402 4000 (lines are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
  • email dva@doeni.gov.uk

Surrendering your licence

If you have been advised by your doctor that you shouldn’t be driving, you may voluntarily surrender your licence and reapply for its return in the future when you have the support of your doctor(s).

Important - GP fees

DVA will pay the appropriate fee to your GP (doctor) for the completion of your medical form(s) on the first occasion only. Payment for duplicates will be your responsibility.

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