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Medical Requirements

You can still apply for a provisional licence if you are currently suffering from, or have previously suffered from a disability or illness that may affect your ability to drive but you must declare it to the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for review first. The D1 form for Provisional's includes a section on your health in the form of a questionnaire and must be answered providing the appropriate details. It's important to be truthful when filling out the form as failure to declare any medical condition or disability when applying for a licence is a criminal offence and may be punishable by a fine.


To be legally allowed to drive you must be able to comply with the current standards set for eyesight. Currently you must be able to read an old-style number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres (67ft) or 20 metres (66ft) for new-style licence places introduced from 2001. If you are having trouble reading from this distance then you must get corrective glasses before you can start. If you cannot read the licence plate clearly you will not be able to take lessons with an instructor and will be breaking the law should you drive with friends or family.

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