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Fitness to drive

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


If you have a mental health problem, you may have to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about it. 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 can safely control their vehicle and are not a risk to other road users. This includes certain mental health problems. 

Quick facts

  • There are some mental health problems that you have to tell the DVLA about. Some others you only have to tell the DVLA about if they affect your ability to drive.
  • 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.
  • It is illegal to drive or attempt to drive if your ability to do so is impaired by drugs. This includes prescribed medication.
  • If the DVLA says you must stop driving, you can appeal this decision. You must do this within 6 months of your licence being refused or taken away.

This information was published in January 2023. We will revise it in 2026. 

References are available on request. If you would like to reproduce any of this information, see our page on permissions and licensing.

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