Driving License-Renewal


We are in the process of renewing my partners driving license, the DVLA is writing to his PK specialist for further info on his current health. But for a separate matter (juvenile glaucoma) he sat a visual field test, something he has done every 12 months at the eye hospital for the majority of his life without any problems. Today he had the worst experience, his tremors were really bad and the position in which he sat to take the test caused him a lot of pain (i.e leaning forward). He had three attempts at it and is convinced he has failed. This girl in Specsavers wasn’t very helpful, giving no understanding to the fact he couldn’t press the button as expected.

I’m not sure what to do and any advice would be greatly appreciated. Should we contact the DVLA and explain the conditions that the test was done under or should we simply wait to hear from them?

I’m sure I am asking an impossible question but any advice is really appreciated, to think he might lose his license over a field of vision test which has nothing to do with his PK is somewhat ironic.


Hi @AMiller,

I’m sure you’ll receive some useful advice from our members soon, however, I would encourage you to wait for the results of his test before you take any action. If the DVLA decides to suspend his licence, then you can appeal their decision providing you incude:

  • proof that you meet the required standards for driving (these are explained in the decision letter DVLA sent you)

  • the reference number from your decision letter

There’s more information of how to appeal on Gov.uk here - https://www.gov.uk/driving-medical-conditions/what-dvla-will-decide

I hope you find this information helpful.

Best wishes,