Most people with a heart condition will be able to drive
again, but it depends on the type of heart condition you have.
However, this will depend on what sort of heart condition you
have, whether you have any symptoms, the type of treatment you may
have had and how well you have recovered.
Can I still drive?
How quickly you can get back to driving
- whether you still have any
- the type of treatment you’ve
- how well you’ve
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
provides the national medical
guidelines on being fit to drive, as well as how soon you can
return to driving following a new diagnosis or treatment of a heart
If you’re concerned about your fitness to
drive and want to know when you can start driving again, you should
speak to your GP or call the DVLA on 0300
You shouldn’t drive if you suffer from a
medical condition that might suddenly cause you to lose control
while driving, or if you cannot safely control your vehicle for any
Refrain from driving and seek advice from your
doctor immediately if you experience episodes of dizziness,
fainting or blackouts.
Do I need to let the DVLA know?
To find out if you need to tell the DVLA about your medical
condition or about a change in your health, visit Directgov. If you have
to tell them, you will need to fill in a medical questionnaire
which you can download from the website.
You can also contact the DVLA by calling:
- 0300 790 6806 for car drivers
- 0300 790 6807 for heavy goods
vehicle and bus drivers
- or write to them at DVLA,
Swansea, SA99 1TU.
Can I still drive a large goods vehicle (LGV) or a
passenger-carrying vehicle (PCV)?
You will need to let the DVLA know about your
heart condition if you hold a licence to drive an LGV or a PCV as
there are special regulations.
Depending on your heart condition, the DVLA
may ask your local hospital to carry out various tests. The results
of these tests will help the DVLA decide whether you can still
Directgov or call the DVLA on 0300 790 6807, or write to them
at DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1TU.
Do I need to let my car insurance company know?
Yes. Whatever type of licence you hold you
should always let your car insurance company know about your heart
condition and any changes in your medical condition, including any
treatment that you’ve had. If you don’t, your car insurance may not
Other types of
insurance, such as travel and life insurance may also be
affected by your heart condition. It’s important to let your
insurer know about changes to your health. For more information,
see our help for finding insurance with a