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The DVLA is currently prioritising applications for key workers and HGV drivers. They are not able to deal with postal applications if you are reapplying for a driving licence following a medical condition. Their call centre is only taking calls from key workers.

If you stop driving due to a seizure, you need to tell your insurance company as part of your insurance terms and conditions.  If you don't tell them, this could invalidate your insurance and may affect your insurance in the future.

Once you have your new licence

Under the Equality Act 2010, car insurance companies cannot increase the cost of a policy if a disability or medical condition does not affect the risk of making a claim. They can ask questions, or ask for written information about your medical condition to assess your application. They might ask to see a copy of your driving licence or a letter from the driving agency confirming that you are allowed to drive under DVLA regulations.

If the driving agency have issued you with a licence, insurance companies cannot refuse you insurance or increase your premium. If an insurance company increases your premium, they must be able to tell you why. This should mean that each application is considered fairly.  

Getting the best deal

It may be worth contacting several companies to get the best quote for you. If you have any problems with insurance, you can contact the Financial Ombudsman Service.

If you have not been driving for two years, this may affect any no-claims discount you had before.  

Taken from our Driving leaflet. Order this leaflet from our online shop as part of our 'first five free' offer, or download the pdf using the link below.


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