Contact The DVLA Medical Team

0844 764 0361

DVLA Medical Contact0844 764 0361

DVLA Medical Contact Numbers:

Department Phone Number
Booking Line 0844 764 0361
Information 0844 764 0361
Complaints 0844 764 0361

DVLA head office address:

Department Address
Head Office Drivers Medical Enquiries
SA99 1TU

DVLA Medical opening hours:

Day Time
Mon-Fri 8.30 – 21.00
Weekends 10.00 – 18.00

Why would I call DVLA Medical Contact Number?

  • To inform them of a medical condition
  • To reapply for a licence following a condition
  • To get advice about driving with a condition or disability
  • To surrender my licence after being told by my GP that I’m unable to drive
  • To complain that I haven’t received test results
  • I am unsure whether or not my condition affects my driving
  • To check how long it is until I can receive my licence back

DVLA Medical Advice

If you have a medical condition or disability that may affect your ability to drive, you should call the DVLA Medical group to inform them.

If a doctor tells you to stop driving because of your condition, you must surrender your licence to the DVLA Medical. This can be done by calling the phone number above.

After you inform the DVLA Medical Group, a decision will be made within three weeks and they may contact your doctor for further information or ask you to take an assessment. To find out more about this, call DVLA Medical Number.

About the DVLA

The DVLA is also known as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

It is responsible for maintaining a database of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. The agency also issues driving licences, issues road tax and sells private number plates.

The agency has a network of 39 offices around the UK, but these are all due to close by the end of 2013 with the whole of the DVLA operating from its headquarters in Swansea, Wales. To find out more about the DVLA, visit the website.

What Do I NOT Need To Inform The DVLA About?

  • Addison’s Disease
  • Balloon Angioplasty (leg)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Broken Limbs
  • Caesarean Section
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Deafness
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • High Blood Pressure
  • HIV
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

You should check with a consultant if you have…

  • Kidney Dialysis
  • Kidney Problems
  • Left Bundle Branch Block
  • Leukaemia
  • Lumboperitoneal Shunt
  • Lung Cancer
  • Malignant Melanoma
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Transient Global Amnesia
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)
  • Valve Disease or Replacement Valve











Angina- You will need to stop driving if it happens when you are resting, driving or with emotion

Angioplasty- You shouldn’t drive for 1 week after the procedure and only start driving again when your doctor says you are safe to do so

Blood Clots- You don’t need to inform the DVLA as long as the blood clot is in your lung

Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion- If it only affects one eye and you can still meet visual standards for driving, you don’t need to inform the DVLA

Cataracts- If you only have cataracts in one eye and no visual problems in your other eye, there is no need to inform the DVLA

Catheter-  You shouldn’t drive for 2 days after you have been given treatment

Cardiac Problems-  You should only start driving again on your doctor’s recommendation

Chronic Aortic Dissection-  You should only drive after you have received satisfactory treatment

Coronary Artery Bypass or Disease- You should only start driving again on your doctor’s recommendation

Glaucoma- You don’t need to inform the DVLA is it only affects one eye, you have no medical conditions in your other eye and are able to meet the visual standards for driving

Heart Attack (Mypcardial Infarction)- You should only start driving again after 1 month, on the recommendation of your doctor

Heart Failure- You should only start driving again after 1 month, on the recommendation of your doctor

Heart Murmurs- You should only start driving again after 1 month, on the recommendation of your doctor

Hysterectomy- You should only start driving again after 3-8 months, on the recommendation of your doctor

Ischaemic Heart Disease- You should only start driving again on the recommendation of your doctor

Monocular Vision (Sight In One Eye Only)- You can check with your GP if your unsure if you meet the standards of vision for driving

Retinal Treatment- If you’ve only had treatment in one eye, there is no need for you to inform the DVLA

Retinopathy- If you have only had retinopathy in one eye, you don’t need to inform the DVLA

What Do I Need To Inform The DVLA About?

  • AIDS
  • Alcohol Problems
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amputations
  • Angioma
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation
  • Arrhythmia
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Ataxia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Blepharospasm
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Brain Abscess, Cyst or Encephalitis
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Haemorrhage
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Brain Tumour
  • Burr Hole Surgery
  • Cataplexy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cognitive Problems
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Convulsions
  • Atrial and Bentricular Defibrillators
  • Dementia
  • Diplopia (Double Vision)
  • Dizziness (Giddiness)
  • Drug Use
  • Empyema (Brain)
  • Epilepsy
  • Grand Mal Fits (Tonic- Clonic Seizures)
  • Guillain Barré Syndrome
  • Head Injury
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hemianopia
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Hypoxic Brain Damage
  • Korsakoff’s Syndrome
  • Labrinthitis
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Limb Disability
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Severe Memory Problems
  • Meningioma
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Mysthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Narcolepsy
  • Night Blindness (Nyctalopia)
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Atrophy
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pacemakers
  • Paranoid Schizophrenia
  • Paraplegia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Perpheral Neuropathy
  • Petit Mal Seizures
  • Pituitary Tumour
  • Psychosis
  • Psychotic Depression
  • Schizo-Affective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Scotoma
  • Seizures (Fits)
  • Sleepiness
  • Spinal Problems or Injuries
  • Subarachnoid Haemorrhage
  • Tachycardia
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Usher Syndrome
  • Vertigo
  • Reduced Visual Acuity
  • Visual Field Defects
  • VP Shunts
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome


Where do I send my DVLA medical form?

Once you have downloaded and filled out your DVLA medical form you can send it to the DVLA’s head office address which is listed at the top of this page. Once your form has been received and all information understood you will be notified either by phone or email. If you have sent your medical form to the DVLA but haven’t heard anything back please call the contact number so that an advisor can chase it up. On the form, you will need to include information such as the names of any medication you have been taking, as well as reasons for this. Also any appointments you have had at clinics or hospitals and why. Your form will need to be signed by your GP and consultant.

How do I book a DVLA medical?

Please call the contact number if you would like to book a DVLA medical assessment and you will be given an option of available dates and times. Alternatively, you can visit your GP who will have all of the relevant information to give you, as the DVLA works closely with doctors to ensure all driver’s on the road are safe. If your GP suspects that you have a medical condition that affects safe control of a vehicle then unfortunately, you will be asked to surrender your licence to the DVLA. Listed above, are all of the medical conditions that the DVLA must be notified of if you are in possession of a driving licence, but the DVLA and medical experts meet regularly and so the list is often updated. If you are unsure of whether your medical condition needs to be assessed or whether you should notify the DVLA of it please either get in touch with your GP or call the contact number. Please note that it is not just physical disabilities that can affect a way a person drives, they are also required to be of sound mental health so that elements such as their judgement is not clouded. Medical Examinations are also required before a driver can return to the wheel if they were disqualified for an offence such as drink driving.

How long does a DVLA medical take?

The whole examination, particularly for those that were thought to have an alcohol problem is designed to test a person’s fitness to drive. If you have been convicted of drink driving, the test will focus on both your current alcohol intake as well as previous alcohol abuse. The test will be a physical examination as well as an eye test and for high-risk offenders you may be asked to do a blood test. You should receive your results within two weeks but please call the DVLA medical contact number if you are concerned.


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