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
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
for such circumstances. Use this link on the DVLA website for more
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
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
Diagnosis by type
- Eating disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- 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.
The content from this article was composed by automotive experts at CarVeto
, with thanks to Mind.org.uk
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