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Driving and ascending, descending or abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)

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Aortic aneurysm - ascending or descending thoracic and/or abdominal

Group 1 entitlement:

  • May drive and need not notify the DVLA if aneurysm diameter is less than 6cm
  • May drive but must notify the DVLA if aneurysm diameter is between 6cm and 6.4cm
    • May be relicensed/licensed subject to annual review
  • Must not drive and must notify the DVLA if aneurysm diameter is 6.5cm or greater.
    • Licence will be refused or revoked.
    • May be relicenced/licensed after successful surgical treatment without evidence of further enlargement and no other disqualifying condition.
    • In cases of bicuspid aortopathy, maximum aortic diameter should be less than 6.5cm

Up-to-date details guidance may be obtained from the publication "At a Glance Guide to the Current Medical Standards of Fitness to Drive" and the website


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