What are the DVLA rules on people with Narcolepsy that drive?
The DVLA does have guidelines on driving with narcolepsy but as each applicant has to be treated as an individual, no “rules” as such exist. A lot will depend on what sort of driving license you require.
Group 1 licences
This category includes cars, motorcycles and mopeds. To drive you must meet all normal driving requirements. Generally, the DVLA will issue a temporary licence to a narcoleptic, which is re-assessed every one, two or three years, provided that the applicant's GP can satisfy the DVLA that the condition is adequately controlled by treatment.
After 7 years of good control the DVLA may issue a long-term licence
Group 2 licences
This category includes large goods vehicles (LGV or lorries), passenger carrying vehicles (PCV or buses and minibuses with nine seats or more) and horseboxes. To drive you must meet all normal driving requirements and the DVLA will probably want to see additional safeguards. These are not specified but it could be that they will require at least ten years of trouble free driving before you can apply for a Group 2 license and you would undertake a fresh medical. The DVLA will also need to be satisfied that your narcolepsy is under control and you are not a going to crash because of a narcoleptic attack.
Many people who help local groups such as local football teams or scout groups do not realise they need a Group 2 license to drive a minibus with more than 9 seats. You must have the correct license and failure to do so could lead to a fine, suspension of insurance and loss of license.
Learning to drive
If you want to lean to drive and have narcolepsy, you will need to fill in a standard application form but inform the DVLA you have narcolepsy. They (the DVLA) will send you a second form for more information about your narcolepsy.
If possible, the DVLA will decide whether you can have a driving licence based on the information you provide in the forms. If they need more information, they may contact your doctor as part of this process.
Driving theory test
Although you may have to wait to start lessons, you can do the theory test while you wait and your result is valid for two years.