What to Do if You Want to Learn to Drive with a Notifiable Condition

Applying for your provisional driving licence can be a really exciting moment. It’s not quite on a level with getting behind the wheel for the first time. But it’s up there. Unless you happen to have a notifiable health condition. If you do, when you reach page seven of the application form, you’ll face the possibility that your application may not be granted. There are more than 100 notifiable conditions that may prevent you from holding a UK driver’s license. But just because you have a health condition, it doesn’t necessarily preclude you from learning to drive. So, what do you need to know?

Learning to Drive with a Notifiable Health Condition

What is a notifiable health condition?

A notifiable health condition is any illness or disorder that may impact your ability to safely drive. They can take a whole range of forms. From conditions that impact your sight or hearing. To those that may influence your reaction times, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and limb disabilities. Conditions that have the potential to cause loss of consciousness, such as epilepsy and heart disease, must also be reported.

Why do you need to register a notifiable condition?

The primary reason for registering a notifiable condition is safety. Once you have filed your condition, an assessment will be made to decide whether or not you are safe to drive. If your condition is viewed as posing a potential risk to yourself or other drivers, you will not be granted a provisional licence. If you already have a driver’s license, it will be revoked. However, it’s important to know that this isn’t a foregone conclusion. Millions of people with notifiable conditions still gain their driver’s license.

What happens if you fail to notify the DVLA?

If you have a medical condition which may impact your ability to drive, you can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not inform the DVLA. You may even have your vehicle seized.

What do you have to do if you have a notifiable condition?

If you acknowledge that you have a notifiable condition on page seven of your provisional application, you will be directed to the relevant notification form. Simply follow the prompts and submit your application.

If you already have a driver’s license, you can report new medical conditions online.

What happens next?

Once you’ve reported your condition, the DVLA will either speak to your GP and other health professionals, or arrange a formal assessment. A decision will be made in around six weeks. And there are four potential outcomes.

  • You will be granted a full provisional licence without conditions.
  • You will be granted a provisional licence, but you will need to have your license reviewed periodically.
  • You will be granted a provisional license on the proviso that you work with Driving Mobility to make adaptions to your vehicle.
  • You will be refused a license, on the grounds that it is not safe for you to drive.

Can you contest the DVLA’s decision?

If you disagree with the DVLA’s decision, you can make a formal request to have your situation reviewed. However, you will be required to provide additional evidence to support your claim.

How does having a notifiable condition impact driving lessons?

If you have a notifiable condition, you should always inform your driving instructor. Simply because they may be able to tailor your lessons to accommodate your needs. They won’t have an adapted vehicle to support you. But they may be able to modify their teaching techniques, or the way that they communicate to better suit your needs. Helping to improve your driving lesson experience. And helping you to pass your test more quickly.

Having a notifiable condition is not the end of your driving journey. For many people, it merely means additional red tape to wade through. But the important thing is that you follow the process. If you have a condition, you must inform the DVLA. You can worry about everything else after that. And if you can’t learn to drive, don’t panic. There are always other solutions.

Are you looking for driving lessons in the West Midlands? Get in touch with DGN.

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