A guide to the rules for drivers who have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

Other DVLA contact numbers

DVLA General Enquiries: 0844 241 5511
DVLA Vehicle Registration / Tax Enquiries: 0844 241 0128
Driving Licence Enquiries: 0844 241 0133
DVLA Change of Address Request: 0844 241 0138


Updated: Bullet point added to what you need to tell DVLA about.

You do not need to tell us if you have had a TIA. If you have had a stroke you need to tell us if you have suffered any complications listed over the page.

What you need to tell us about

By law you must tell us if any of the following apply:

  • one month after the stroke you are still suffering from weakness of the arms or legs, visual disturbance, or problems with co-ordination, memory or understanding
  • you have had a seizure of any kind, other than within the 24 hours after the stroke
  • you have a history of previous seizures, previous strokes or previous brain disease and you have a seizure within the 24 hours after a stroke
  • you needed brain surgery as part of the treatment for the stroke
  • you have had more than one stroke within the past three months
  • your doctors have said they are concerned about your ability to drive safely
  • you hold a current large goods vehicle (LGV) or passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) (Group 2) driving licence

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