Are there any mental health problems that automatically bar me from driving?
No. The DVLA will look at each case individually. Whether or not you will be allowed to drive will depend on the effect of your mental health problem on your ability to drive.
Do I have to tell the DVLA about my mental health problem?
It depends on your diagnosis. You must tell the DVLA if you have a diagnosis of any of the following:
If you have a diagnosis of one of the following mental health problems, you only need to tell the DVLA if it affects your ability to drive:
The DVLA website has a list of medical conditions which you can use to find out what the rules are in relation to your particular mental health problem.
In addition to the mental health problems listed above, you are required to tell the DVLA if you have an alcohol problem, if you’ve used illegal drugs or have misused prescription drugs.
Speak to your doctor
Your doctor should tell you if you need to let the DVLA know about your mental health problem.
There is guidance for doctors to use when deciding whether you should tell the DVLA about a medical condition which affects your fitness to drive. Although this guidance is for doctors, it is helpful as it sets out the circumstances in which you will need to tell the DVLA about the above mental health problems. For example:
- You don't need to notify the DVLA if you experience anxiety or depression without significant memory or concentration problems, agitation, behavioural disturbance or suicidal thoughts.
- You do need to notify the DVLA if you experience anxiety or depression with significant memory or concentration problems, agitation, behavioural disturbance or suicidal thoughts.