Dementia Web - Dementia Information Resource for Oxfordshire

DementiaWeb - Dementia Information Resource for Oxfordshire


Dementia, Driving and The Law

Being given a diagnosis of dementia does not automatically exclude you from driving, however there is a legal obligation to inform the DVLA of the diagnosis. The car insurance company must also be informed immediately.

If you do not want to carry on driving you should return your driving licence to the DVLA.

If you have a diagnosis of dementia, and do want to continue driving, the DVLA will undertake a medical investigation. The DVLA will ask for your consent for their medical advisors to get reports from your doctor and specialists.

You may also have to take a special driving test. In Oxfordshire these special driving tests are currently conducted by the Birmingham Regional Driving Assessment Centre (Tel: 0121 627 8228).

The DVLA then has two possible course of action:

  • They may issue a new driving licence that will be valid for a limited period of one year.
  • If the DVLA considers that you are not fit to continue driving, it will revoke your licence and ask for its return.

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You may also find the downloadable booklet 'At the Crossroads' helpful. : funded and managed by Guideposts with support from the Big Lottery Fund