Informing the DVLA or DVA about Parkinson's
Having Parkinson's does
not mean you can't continue to drive. But you need to inform the
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in England, Scotland and
Wales or the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland
about your diagnosis.
Failure to inform the DVLA or the DVA of a Parkinson's
diagnosis is a criminal offence under the Road Traffic Act
Contact the Drivers' Medical Group at the DVLA or the Drivers
Medical Section at the DVA. You'll need to give your driver number
or full name, your date of birth, and as much detail as
possible about how Parkinson's affects you.
For the relevant contact details:
Telling the DVLA or DVA about Parkinson's diagnosis
Once you have notified the DVLA or DVA of your health condition,
it will decide whether or not you are fit enough to drive.
You will be
asked to complete form PK1 'Medical fitness to drive' in
England, Scotland and Wales.
In Northern Ireland you need to complete a DL1 form.
The DVLA or DVA may be able to make its decision just from the
However, if they need more information, the DVLA or DVA will
write to your GP or specialist for further details.
They may ask you to go for a medical examination that will be
carried out by a doctor specially chosen by the DVLA or DVA.
Once the DVLA or 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.
Challenging the DVLA's or DVA's decision
If you want the DVLA or DVA to reconsider its decision because
you feel that they have misinterpreted or misunderstood the
information provided, you should contact them explaining why you
feel the decision is wrong.
The DVLA or DVA will generally reconsider its decision, but will
expect the request to be supported by fresh medical evidence.
You may need to ask your GP or specialist to provide this, and
you may have to pay for any letter that is written.
If the DVLA or DVA does not change its decision, you can appeal
to the Magistrates' Court in England and Wales, Sheriff Court in
Scotland or to Petty Sessions in Northern Ireland.
For more details see our free
Driving and Parkinson's booklet.
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