Driving and Transportation

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


Paratransit Application

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Reduced Fare for CTA

Some riders with disabilities qualify for reduced fares. There are also some free ride programs for those who qualify.

Information About Transportation and the ADA

People with epilepsy may not be able to drive or may have restricted licenses, making it difficult getting to necessary places. Paratransit services are transportation services for people who cannot use the regular public transportation bus services.


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