DVLA checks and mental health

Driving, mental health and DVLA notifications

Staying safe and legal behind the wheel of your car

At the time of making your application for a full or provisional drivers license or applying for a new or replacement, look out for the application section outlining some essential questions about your health. In this section, notify DVLA of any mental health issues you may have. It includes diagnosis from a mental health body or General Practitioner (GP).

Should you have already passed your driving test and have a full UK license and become diagnosed with a new mental health problem, you must get in touch with DVLA immediately (before you begin driving your car again). In particular, when your doctor or GP tells you to get in touch. Use this link on Mind.org.uk to find the correct form from notification (due to COVID-19 epidemic, there are significant delays in response).

DVLA also expect immediate notification should an existing mental health problem becomes progressively worse.

There are a series of medical questionnaires provided by DVLA for such circumstances. Use this link on the DVLA website for more information.

Further details on when notification becomes mandatory:

  • For a mental health diagnosis
  • Prescribed medications to support your problem
  • Symptoms and side effects of using the medication

    The DVLA M1 online form was designed for those who drive a motorcycle or car and need to notify DVLA of a diagnosis. See Gov.uk for details.

Diagnosis by type

  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorder
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Depression 
  • Agoraphobia
  • Paranoid Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorder
  • Psychotic Depression
  • Related conditions

 Sharing information and permissions

The notification includes a page where you need to sing declaration and give permission for the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency to obtain information relating to your medical condition (s) via your GP. To drive safely and legally, you must provide permission so DVLA can get the necessary information else your driver's licence may be revoked until further notice. 

DVLA MOT information for motorists during COVID-19: http://carveto.over-blog.com/2020/05/tax-and-mot-testing-during-covid-19.html 

The content from this article was composed by automotive experts at CarVeto, with thanks to Mind.org.uk


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