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Medical questionnaires for Lorry and Bus licence holders

If you are applying for or renewing your lorry or bus entitlement and have any of the following medical conditions or disabilities, or if you are over 45 years of age, you need to complete the ‘medical examination report’ (DLM1).

DLM1 form

DLM1 forms are available from MOT test centres. You can also contact Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) to request one:

  • telephone 0845 402 4000 (Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)
  • email dva@doeni.gov.uk

The DLM1 must be completed by a doctor and you should make sure that all the relevant questions are answered. The doctor will normally charge you for completing the form.

Neurological conditions

  • epilepsy
  • fits or blackouts
  • severe and recurrent disabling giddiness
  • parkinson's disease
  • narcolepsy or cataplexy
  • any chronic neurological condition (for example: multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease)
  • major or minor strokes
  • brain surgery, brain tumour, severe head injury
  • memory problems
  • chronic neurological conditions (for example: multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease)

Psychiatric conditions

  • any mental ill-health condition (including depression)
  • any psychiatric illness requiring hospital admission
  • alzheimer’s, cognitive impairment, dementia, memory problems

Alcohol and drugs

  • dependence on or misuse of alcohol in the past three years
  • dependence on or misuse of drugs in the past three years

Vision problems

  • sight in one eye only
  • visual problem affecting either eye

Diabetes

Following a change in driver licensing regulations, anyone who is under insulin control for their diabetes or has diabetes treated by tablets in the Sulphonylurea or Glinide class, may apply for or renew vocational entitlements to drive categories C1, C1E, D1, D1E, C, CE, D or DE.

There are three stages you need to go through when applying for or renewing the vocational entitlements shown above. Details of these stages can be found at the link below:

Heart conditions

  • any heart condition other than innocent heart murmurs
  • peripheral arterial disease causing symptoms (for example: intermittent claudication)
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm

Sleep disorders

  • sleep apnoea syndrome
  • narcolepsy or cataplexy
  • any other condition which causes extreme daytime or awake-time sleepiness

Spinal injuries

  • severe spinal injuries
  • paraplegia
  • tetraplegia

Cancers, tumours and other medical conditions

  • You must tell DVA if you have had treatment for the following types of cancer or tumours in the past five years: - lung, melanoma, non-hodgkins lymphoma
  • AIDS
  • any other medical condition likely to affect ability to safely control a vehicle (for example: amputation, impairment secondary to medication, chronic debilitation illness)
  • behavioural conditions (for example: asperger's syndrome)
  • chronic renal failure
  • deafness (profound)

Medical practitioners

More detailed information on the above conditions and driving can be located in the 'at a glance guide for medical practitioners'.

How to surrender your driving licence and return to driving at later date

The medical standards of fitness to drive are available to all medical practitioners. If your doctor, in line with these standards, has advised you that you shouldn't drive, you may wish to surrender your licence. You can re-apply for it at a later date. Surrendering your licence has an advantage, if and when you decide to re-apply.

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