Every state restricts or puts limits on driving for people with seizures.
- Know the laws where you live. Typically people need to be seizure free for a period of time, ranging from 3 to 12 months depending on the state. Individual circumstances and a doctor’s recommendation may also contribute to driving restrictions.
- The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), not the doctor, makes the decision on driving in most states.
- Make sure you fill out forms from the DMV fully and accurately and give your health care professional plenty of time to complete their part.
- Some state laws (California, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey) require that medical personnel report when a person has been diagnosed with epilepsy to the state authorities.
- People with epilepsy also have a legal obligation to report seizures to the DMV or indicate that they have epilepsy when applying or renewing a license. (Check your state law for your legal obligations.)
- Do not drive if you are having seizures or side effects that affect your ability to be safe on the road!
- Be honest with your doctor about your seizures. Safety comes first!
- Be honest with the DMV. It may protect you legally if problems occur later.