Driving and Parkinson's
Parkinson's can have an effect on many
drivers, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you will be stopped
When you are diagnosed with Parkinson's, you must contact the
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in England, Scotland and
Wales or the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern
Take a look at our information about informing the DVLA or DVA about
These organisations make every effort to ensure people with
health problems can stay as mobile as possible and are safe to do
You may need to have a medical or driving assessment.
Assessing your ability to drive
Once the DVLA or the DVA has assessed your ability to drive, it
will decide one of the following:
- to give you a licence without any restriction
- to give you a licence for 1, 2 or 3 years
- to refuse or withdraw your licence
- to restrict your licence to particular vehicles with
If you have your licence refused or taken away on medical
grounds and then become well enough to drive again, you can reapply
for your licence.
If the DVLA or the DVA is happy after their medical enquiries,
you can be issued with a new licence.
For more information about driving when you have Parkinson's,
take a look at our Driving and Parkinson's
booklet or browse the pages below.
In this section
Direct and confidential help and support