Fitness to drive

Explains the rights that you have to drive, what information you need to tell the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and how to appeal if your driving licence is taken away. Applies to England and Wales.


If you have a mental health problem, you may have to tell the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about it as it might affect your ability to drive.

These rules are in place for the purposes of road safety. The DVLA has to be satisfied that drivers with medical conditions, including mental health problems, are able to safely control their vehicle and are not a risk to other road users.

Quick facts

  • Your doctor should tell you if you need to tell the DVLA about your mental health problem.
  • You could be fined if you don't tell the DVLA about a mental health problem that affects your ability to drive.
  • If the DVLA says you must stop driving, you can appeal this decision, though you must do this within 6 months of your licence being refused or revoked.

Please note

  • This guide only covers fitness to drive from the point of view of a person with a mental health problem.
  • This guide applies to England and Wales.
  • This guide contains general legal information, not legal advice. We recommend you get advice from a specialist legal adviser or solicitor who will help you with your individual situation and needs. See Useful contacts for more information.
  • The legal information in this guide does not apply to children unless specifically stated.


This information was published in April 2018. We will revise it in 2020.

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