DVLA Medical Examinations

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DVLA Medical Examinations Contact Number: 0300 790 6806

When acquiring a licence anywhere in the world, you will be required to submit yourself to a number of medical exmanations to determine whether you are fit to be on the road or not. In the UK, DVLA medical examinations are a must when applying for a licence. The medical is valid until the driver has reached 45 years old, after which he will be required to submit himself to a medical examination every 5 years until the age of 65. When drivers reach the age of 65, they will then be required to have a medcial every year.

The Snellen Test


The Snellen Test is the most common eye test required of drivers who wish to apply for a licence. You will be required to read the letters on the Snellen chart from the biggest to the smallest at the bottom of the chart. This test is done to determine how well your eyesight is. Since you will be on the road with other vehicles, it is a must that you have good eyesight. If you are wearing glasses or contact lenses, you do not have to have a separate test without them, as long as you pass the test using glasses or contact lenses. This provision applies to car drivers only. Group 2 (buses and lorries) drivers require a more rigid eye test to pass.

Physical and Psychological Examinations

Aside from the Snellen Test, drivers will be tested according to their physical capabilities. Those who have physical disabilities should be able to have accessibility and coordination of their limbs to be able to drive properly. Medical examiners will determine if a physically disabled person can drive a car or otherwise.

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Those with other medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, etc. are required to divulge their medical conditions prior to applying for a licence so that the DVLA medical examinations department will be able to determine if they can grant a licence based on your medical condition or not. When it comes to psychological exams, licence applicants will be required to signify if they have mental and psychological issues such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, etc. These conditions may affect judgement and capability while on the road and may endanger other drivers, so it is a must to inform DVLA if an applicant has any underlying psychological issues.

If you did not have any medical (physical or psychological) condition when you applied for a licence but developed one during the course of your driving, you are mandated to inform the DVLA medical examinations department so they can assess your driving capabilities and determine if your licence should be revoked or continued, based on the result of the exam.

If you have any concerns of questions about medical conditions and licence issuance, you may call the DVLA medical customer service number 0300 790 6806. The hotline is open on Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5.30pm and on Saturdays at 8am to 1pm. You can also send a fax to 0845 850 0095. There is also an email link that can be contacted for any concerns. For those who want to send a letter by post, the address is

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