Disabled people must apply in the same way as all motorists.

Ask for form D1, available from most post offices.

Anyone with ‘certain medical conditions or disorders’ is required to declare them when applying for a licence to drive.

Existing licence holders who develop a condition or disability that might affect their fitness to drive must also notify DVLA.

The DVLA website has a complete list of medical conditions and disorders.

Codes may be added to your license to indicate the sort of driving adaptations you should use.

Learning to drive

If you plan driving for the first time, or for the first time since you became disabled, we’d strongly suggest you book in for an assessment at your nearest mobility centre (See Mobility Centres link).

They’ll tell you what vehicle adaptations you might need, and whether specialist instruction is needed.

The standard age for getting a provisional driving licence is 17 — but if you get the Higher Rate mobility component of Disabled Living Allowance you can get behind the wheel at 16!

The driving test

Disabled drivers must take the same driving test and demonstrate the same level of ability and competence as any other motorist, although the conditions of the test can be varied to make allowances for particular circumstances.

This applies to both the Theory Test and the Practical Test – for example more time may be allowed to complete the tests.

Drivers over 70

If you are aged 70 and over you must reapply for a driving licence and fill in a questionnaire every three years to make sure you are medically fit to drive.

You will automatically be sent reminder application forms 90 days before your 70th birthday.

You must complete these application forms and return them with your licence to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AA or you may be able to use the Post Office checking service.
DVLA: 0870 240 0009. The line is open from 8.00 am to 8.30 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.00 am to 5.30 pm on Saturdays.

Textphone: 01792 78 27 87