As long as your diabetes is well controlled, you
should be able to drive – you just have to pass
the TEST! Good luck!!!!
Learning to Drive
You’ll need cash and a provisional licence
before you can start taking driving lessons.
There will be a part on the form to fill out about
Tell your driving instructor that you have
diabetes and what to do if you need help
dealing with a hypo.
Some careers have restrictions to being a
driver if you have Type 1 and the DVLA can
provide you with more information on this.
Applying for a Provisional License
When you apply for a provisional licence for a moped, motorbike or car you should tell the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) that you have diabetes.
When you Pass your Test
After passing your driving test you will receive a ‘DIAB 1’ form asking for:
• More information.
• Contact details of your GP.
• Consent for the DVLA to ring your GP if necessary
People with Type 1 diabetes get a licence for one, two or three years, which can then be renewed (free!).
There should also be no problem getting insurance, but you must tell an insurance company that you have diabetes. If you don’t, it may make your insurance invalid!
Held a driving licence before being diagnosed?
Then you must inform the DVLA and your insurance provider.
If your diabetes is well controlled, with no complications and you have a good awareness of hypos you will normally be issued with a new licence, which can take up to EIGHT WEEKS!
For more information read the Diabetes UK Driving and Diabetes handbook, which you can download for free here: www.diabetes.org.uk
You Must Inform the DVLA If:
• You have more than one episode of severe hypo within 12 months (if you require assistance from somebody else with a hypo)
• You stop recognising the signs that you are going to have a hypo - your GP or diabetes consultant will be able to assess this
• You experience a severe hypo while driving
• An existing medical condition gets worse or you develop any other condition that may affect your driving safely