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Driving and narcolepsy

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Authoring team

Primary/central hypersomnias: including narcoleptic syndromes

Group 1 entitlement

  • Must not drive and must notify the DVLA.
  • A licence may be reissued only when there has been satisfactory symptom control for at least 3 months before being considered for re-licensing.
  • When an applicant or licence holder is not on appropriate treatment, relicensing may be considered after satisfactory objective assessment of maintained wakefulness, such as the Osler test.

Up-to-date 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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