Restoration of Licences Revoked for Medical Reasons or Age-Related Issues

At Brian Koffman & Co we fully understand the serious consequences that losing your licence can have on your business, family and personal life. If the DVLA have withdrawn your licence, waiting to get your licence back may seem like an eternity. However, through enlisting the assistance of a motoring offence specialist it may be possible for your driving licence to be restored quickly.

The DVLA may remove your license for a number of reasons which can include medical reasons, failing to surrender your licence for endorsement, penalty points and driving disqualification or age related matters. 

According to the DVLA data analysed by Motorway, more than 360,000 UK drivers have had their licences revoked for medical reasons in the past five years. The Freedom of Information (FOI) request made to the DVLA by revealed a steady increase in medical revocations over the last 5 years. 

If you find yourself in this situation and you want to make an appeal to get your license restored, please contact us on  0161 832 3852 or submit an enquiry online here.

The DVLA can receive information about a person’s fitness to drive in the following ways: 

1.  From the licence holder or applicant for a license themselves.

There is a legal duty to disclose to the DVLA any medical condition that might affect your ability to drive safely, and you can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t.

2. From the police or courts

If the police have concerns about the health of a driver, possibly after an accident, they may report these concerns to the DVLA.

The police may also inform the DVLA if someone has been convicted of a drink or drug related driving offence. 

3.  From doctors

Doctors are obliged to inform the DVLA if they believe one of their patients is medically incapable of driving, and according to new rules published in April 2017, they do not have to get your consent first.  A Doctor must make every reasonable effort to persuade their patients to make the disclosure to the DVLA themselves, but if they fear this might not happen they are required to report their concerns about a potentially unsafe road user to the DVLA.

When the DVLA suspects that there is a medical issue that affects a person's ability to drive it can revoke a licence under the Road Traffic Act 1988. The DVLA may remove your license for several reasons, but they must not use age alone to determine a person’s ability to drive safely. 

 Driving License Revoked on Medical Grounds 

In the first 9 months of 2019, 7,159 drivers had their licences revoked for seizures or blackouts.  Seizures, eyesight and memory problems combined make up almost 40% (38.9%) of the medical conditions leading to the DVLA’s decision to revoke a driving licence. 

If you are facing having your license revoked on medical grounds, please get in touch for expert support and guidance from our team of solicitors. 

You must tell the DVLA if you have a driving license and develop one of the following medical conditions:

  • Diabetes or taking insulin
  • Strokes
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Heart conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Parkinson’s 


It's a legal obligation for you to inform the DVLA if you develop any of the listed medical conditions. Other health conditions may need to be declared, depending on what kind of licence you have and how the condition affects you.  If you have an accident you haven't declared a health condition, your insurance might not cover you. 

How to appeal a licence revoked for medical reasons? 

It is possible to appeal in the magistrate’s court against this within 6 months of the decision.  Before you appeal to the Magistrates Court you must give notice of your intention to appeal to the DVLA.

If you have had your licence revoked on medical grounds, you can reapply once your doctor says you meet the medical standards for driving.  If you want to appeal against the decision to revoke your licence, it is important to approach the challenge with the strongest possibility of success.  

As expert motoring offence solicitors we are best placed to support you through the process of appealing a medical revocation of a driver's license.  It can be extremely difficult to communicate with the DVLA yourself adding further frustration to an already stressful situation.  We’ll help you prepare all the necessary documents to support your appeal to have your licence restored, using our experience to show ‘on the balance of probabilities’ you are fit to drive.  

License Revoked for Age Related Matters

In 2018, 22,453 motorists aged 70 or over had licences revoked, up from 9,265 in 2010.

The AA and some road safety groups have been calling for tighter restrictions on older drivers with more regular tests and proof of eye test part of some proposed changes to the regulations.  A more rigorous enforcement of the fitness to drive regulations has meant that many people have unfairly had their licences revoked. 

Taking a person’s licence away could hamper their quality of life and age itself is not an acceptable reason to revoke a license.

We will assess the details of your case and offer you the best advice on how to proceed.  

We have successfully appealed licence revoked on medical grounds cases, so if you find yourself in this difficult situation, please contact Brian Koffman & Co on 0161 832 3852 or submit an enquiry online here. 


We are highly experienced in dealing with licence restoration cases and know how to appeal to get your licence restored. We have helped countless drivers to get their licences back and we are confident that we can do the same for you. We understand that you will be eager to get back on the road as quickly as possible. 

There is a right of appeal to the local Magistrates’ Court and we have a high success rate in winning cases where the DVLA and drivers licencing issues are involved.  

Contact us today

If you have had your licence withdrawn and are seeking expert, privately funded legal advice on how to get your licence back, Please contact Brian Koffman & Co on 0161 832 3852 or submit an enquiry.

Brian has won ‘age-related’ licensing restoration cases for his clients in the High Court against the DVLA. As reported in the Daily Telegraph read more