What are the rules on driving after having your licence revoked on medical grounds?

My partner had her licence revoked on medical grounds in October last year due to her having an unprovoked seizure.

She's had no further seizures since and her NHS consultant has said that the reason for the seizure is unexplained. DVLA rules in this instance state that you can't drive for 6 months from the date of the last seizure.

She can re apply for her licence again exactly 6 months after the date of the last seizure. The question I have is that can she drive from the 6 month anniversary of the seizure whilst the licence application is away with DVLA being processed or does she have to wait for the licence to be physically returned from DVLA and in her possession before she can start driving again? There is conflicting advice on the internet as to what the process is here?

Asked on 27 March 2024 by Nick

Answered by David Ross
Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act allows you to drive even if you do not have a current valid driving licence - typically when reapplying for a licence - but only if you meet all of criteria which are listed here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/inf1886-can-i-d...a

One of the criteria is that your last licence was not revoked or refused for medical reasons, so your wife will not be allowed to drive until her new licence has been issued.
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