Medical Restrictions & Codes on a Driving Licence

Everybody enjoys driving a vehicle, be it a motorcycle or a car. But, it is essential to make sure that one is physically fit and there are no medical restrictions that are imposed on the driving licence. This is to ensure the complete safety and security of the individual driving the vehicle and the rest on the road.

As an individual, it is your responsibility to update DVLA about any medical conditions that you have developed while you own the licence. This can include a notifiable medical condition or disability that you have developed after getting the licence or a condition that has worsened after you got your licence. Notifiable condition implies any condition that affects an individual’s ability to drive the vehicle safely like epilepsy or visual impairment.

How to tell DVLA?

Updating DVLA about your condition can be done simply by filling a form available on the website and submitting the form physically by visiting their office. You can also call DVLA customer care number to update this information.

DVLA’s steps on receiving information

Once you share the information about your medical condition with the DVLA, it is probable that they will share their decision within 6 weeks of receiving the information. However, if the process is expected to take some more time, then the DVLA office will update you with a letter. The officers might ask you to:

1. Contact your doctor or consultant.

2. Arrange a medical examination for you.

3. Take your driving assessment, eyesight or a driving test.

You can drive the vehicle while DVLA studies your application. For more details on this, contact DVLA customer care number.

Surrendering your licence

If an individual is declared unfit to drive a vehicle, then it is mandatory to surrender the driving licence to DVLA. However, there is also a possibility to obtain the rights to drive the vehicle soon after the medical confirmation.

Penalty for not updating DVLA

An individual can be fined up to £1,000 if he misses to update DVLA about a condition that has affected his ability to drive safely. In case of an accident, he can also be prosecuted.

Medical condition codes

An individual’s driving licence can include a medical condition code in case he has any form of disability or a medical condition. Some common medical condition codes are as mentioned below:

003 — Prosthesis/Orthosis of the limbs

005 — Limited use due to medical reasons

005.01 — Limited to daytime journeys

005.02 — Limited to journeys within a set radius from the holder’s place of residence, or only inside a set city or region

005.03 — Driving without passengers

005.04 — Limited to journeys with a speed not greater than a set limit

005.05 — Driving authorised only when accompanied by a holder of a driving licence

005.06 — Without a trailer

005.07 — No driving on motorways

005.08 — No alcohol

For any other assistance on your driving licence or the medical restrictions imposed on the same, call DVLA driving and medical condition helpline 0870 100 0031.