15-10-2015 | Important notice re driver licencing for sleep seizures, first seizures, provoked seizures and seizures with awareness

15 October 2015
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As a general rule, the Medical fitness to Drive Guidelines 2015 state that a person who has had an epileptic seizure whilst awake must refrain from driving for at least one year from the date of the seizure and that driving cannot resume until the driver has had no further seizures while awake for a 12-month period.

The driving regulations do however permit people with certain types of seizures to be certified to drive if they have had a seizure within the previous 12 months. This applies to people who only have the following seizures:

  • sleep seizures only for a minimum of 12 months
  • seizures with awareness only for a minimum of 12 months
  • a first unprovoked seizure
  • provoked seizures
  • seizures associated with a physician directed withdrawal of medication. 

However, recently there has been a difficulty with the issuing of licences to anyone who would fit these categories and this would appear to be due to a change to the computer system for licensing.

Epilepsy Ireland has been assured that the system issues are being resolved but in the meantime anyone applying under these exceptions needs to deal directly with the Medical Fitness Section of the RSA to process their licence application.

If you have one of the seizure types described above and if the date of the last seizure is within the last 12 months, you should apply to the RSA Medical Fitness section with the following:

  • Completed D401 driver application form for full driver licence/ D201 for learner permits
  • Fee if renewal is necessary
  • Existing driver licence
  • Proof of PPSN
  • Two identical passport size photos
  • NDLS Medical report form
  • A letter from your consultant confirming your fitness to drive and indicating which of the exempted seizure types (above) applies to you

This should be submitted to:
Driver Licensing – Medical Fitness, Road Safety Authority, Moy Valley Business Park, Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Tel: 096 78222
Email : medicalfitness@rsa.ie 

Please contact us at Epilepsy Ireland at info@epilepsy.ie or 01 4557500 for further information.

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