Most people diagnosed with a brain tumour will not be allowed to drive for a time after their diagnosis.

Most people diagnosed with a brain tumour will not be allowed to drive for a time after their diagnosis. Your doctor, surgeon or specialist nurse will tell you if this applies to you. This change can be upsetting and frustrating. But you must follow the advice they give you.

If you have a driving licence, you must tell the licencing agency that you have been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales contact the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). If you live in Northern Ireland, contact the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA).

You could be fined if you do not tell them that you have been diagnosed with a brain tumour. You could also be prosecuted if you have an accident.

If you have to stop driving, the DVLA or DVA will tell you if and when you are allowed to start driving again. This depends on:

  • the type and grade of your tumour
  • whether you have had any seizures
  • what treatment you are having
  • the type of driving license you have.

They may ask you if they can get medical information about you from your doctor.

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