Since 2018, people with pulmonary hypertension have been required to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Association (DVLA) of their health condition.
At the PHA UK we have worked hard in collaboration with the DVLA to ensure the process is simple and fair – doing the right thing by people with PH whilst also ensuring safety for all road users.
The aim of this web page is to guide you through the process of notifying the DVLA of your PH, answer some of the common questions we hear, and help you understand what to expect along the way.
Whilst PH itself rarely affects those who live with it at rest, such as whilst sitting behind the wheel of a car, there are symptoms that are caused by PH that could impact your ability to drive.Find out more
You can tell them by post, telephone, or online.More info & links
The vast majority of people are able to keep their driving licence, but there are exceptions.Read more
Unfortunately, you may have to wait a while for a decision.Find out more
We strongly advise that you inform the DVLA a soon as you have your diagnosis of PH and are under the care of a specialist centre.Find out more
This web page aims to set out the facts and offer advice based on our own experience at the PHA UK. From our dealings with the DVLA, it is clear that they want only to make the right decision to keep all road users safe. It’s your responsibility to help them come to the right decision by providing accurate information, and it is very important that you do notify them of your PH. Please remember that the majority of people with PH do keep their licences. If you drive a car or motorcycle, you can continue to drive whilst a decision is being made, unless you are specifically told not to - or you feel yourself that is unsafe to do so.Order this web page as a printed guide