Your Driving Licence
Driving licences expire at 70 years of age, so when you reach 70, you need to renew your driving licence if you wish to continue driving. You then need to renew it every three years afterwards. See Renewing Your Driving Licence for more details.
You must tell DVLA (or the DVA if you live in Northern Ireland) if you develop a condition that could affect your ability to drive safely (known as a ‘notifiable’ condition) or a disability, or a condition or disability has got worse since you got your licence. This applies to all drivers, no matter how old they are.
Notifiable conditions are anything that affects your driving and can include:
- other neurological and mental health conditions
- physical disabilities
- visual impairments
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell the DVLA or the DVA in Northern Ireland about a medical condition that affects your driving, and if you are involved in a crash, you may be prosecuted. Your motor insurance would also be invalid.
Health Conditions and Driving provides a full list of health conditions that might affect your driving, and which ones you must report to the DVLA. Select your condition from the list to find out what you must do.
Guidance for medical professionals on the medical standards for driving can be found in the DVLA's "At a Glance Guide to the Current Medical Standards of Fitness to Drive".
For the rules in Northern Ireland about reporting medical conditions, see Telling the DVA About a Condition.
What Happens After You Report A Medical Condition
- decide whether you can continue to drive based on the information you provided, or
- Ask your GP or consultant (with your permission) or a locally appointed doctor or specialist to examine you, or
- Ask you to take a driving assessment.
However, not all conditions mean that you will lose your licence. You may be able to continue driving if you can do so safely, although you may need some adaptations to your car or other help.
If your fitness to drive to drive needs regular review, you may be issued with a licence that is valid for less than three years.
If You're Not Sure
You should surrender your licence to the DVLA or the DVA if your doctor tells you to stop driving or if you do not meet the required standards for driving because of your medical condition. If you do not surrender your licence, you must still inform the DVLA or DVA.
If your driving licence was revoked or refused by the DVLA (or the DVA in Northern Ireland) for medical reasons, you must not drive until the DVLA or the DVA tell you that you can start driving again. If you drive while your licence is revoked you would be unlicensed and uninsured, which means you would be committing a serious offence which carries stringent penalties, including a heavy fine and having your car seized by the police.
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
Tel: 0300 790 6806 (Mon to Fri, 8am to 5:30pm and Saturday, 8am to 1pm) or DVLA Online contact form
- Renewing Your Driving Licence
- Surrendering Your Driving Licence
- Reapplying for a Driving Licence Following a Medical Condition
- Driver and Vehicle Agency Northern Ireland (DVA)
Tel: 0845 4024 000 (Mon to Fri from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) or Email email@example.com
- DVA Northern Ireland Medical Rules
- Renewing Your Driving Licence at 70 plus in Northern Ireland.
- Health Conditions and Driving
- Eyesight Standard for Driving