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Your doctor will tell you if your medical condition has developed to the stage where you can no longer drive safely.

Your doctor will let you know when you can drive again, but until then you must surrender your licence by returning it to DVLA.

Surrendering your Driving Licence

Voluntarily choosing to return your licence because of a medical condition means DVLA won't need to make formal enquiries regarding your condition and suitability for driving. If you do go ahead and attempt to meet the medical standards required, and fail - your licence will be revoked.

When the time is right for you to resume driving, and this has been confirmed by your doctor, you are allowed to drive as soon as your application is received at DVLA, under the following circumstances:

  • A valid application is held by DVLA
  • You meet the medical standards required to be deemed fit to drive - the published standards are available from your doctor
  • Your licence must have been issued since 1st January 1976 in GB or Northern Ireland, or be another exchangeable licence
  • You adhere to special conditions which may apply to you or your licence
  • You've not been disqualified from driving

Note that you do not need to take an additional test.

Download and complete the declaration of voluntary surrender form. Send the form and all parts of your driving licence to DVLA by post.

Drivers Medical Group
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Last updated: Thursday 30th May 2019

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