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.

Useful contacts

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Drivers Medical Enquiries
SA99 1TU
0300 790 6806 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5.30 pm, Saturday, 8am to 1pm)

The DVLA maintains registers of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain.

You can read their guide to the current medical standards of fitness to drive. This guide is used by doctors to decide whether a person should tell the DVLA about a medical condition which affects their fitness to drive.

The DVLA also has a useful customer service guide for drivers with a medical condition.

You can contact the Drivers Medical Enquiries Team for information on:

  • the rules relating to fitness to drive
  • the forms you need to complete to tell the DVLA about your mental health problem
  • the process involved in assessing your fitness to drive.

The Law Society

020 7242 1222 (England)
029 2064 5254 (Wales)

The Law Society provides details of solicitors you can get in touch with for specialist legal advice.

Where can I get support?

Local Mind

Local Minds support over 280,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. They may be able to help you find advocacy services in your area.

Find your local Mind here.

Find an advocate

An advocate is a person who can both listen to you and speak for you in times of need. Having an advocate can be helpful in situations where you are finding it difficult to make your views known, or to make people listen to them and take them into account.

For information on advocacy services and groups in your area, you could start by contacting the Mind Legal Line and your local Mind.

Read more about how advocacy might help you.


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

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