Once you've successfully passed your driving test you're eligible to hold your licence until you're 70, unless:

  • You lose it through a driving conviction

  • Your health affects your driving ability

  • Some health conditions still allow for a long and fruitful driving life. Others, unfortunately, do not.

It's your duty to keep the DVLA informed of your health, and failure to do so can incur a significant fine.

It's also essential that you inform your car insurance provider so that they're aware of your new driving situation and are able to consider any possible risks it may pose.


Telling DVLA about a medical condition or disability

You must tell  if you have a driving licence and:

  • you develop a ‘notifiable’ medical condition or disability

  • a condition or disability has got worse since you got your licence

Notifiable conditions are anything that could affect your ability to drive safely.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell  about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

Assessing fitness to drive: a guide for medical professionals

  1. General information: assessing fitness to drive