Medical fitness to drive
Medical fitness rules, your responsibilities, and when you need to submit a medical or eyesight report form.
You are legally required to let the National Driver Licence Services (NDLS) know if you have any long-term injury or illness that may affect your ability to drive safely and you will have to submit a Medical Report Form to renew your learner permit or driving licence.
When you need to submit a medical report
You must submit a medical report form if:
- You are age 75 years or over, or the licence you are renewing expires on the eve of your 75th birthday
- You have certain medical conditions – please see our List of specified conditions
- You wish to apply for, renew or add categories to a truck or bus driving licence or learner permit
- The notation code 101 appears on the back of your current licence or permit (under table 12)
Where a Medical Report Form is required, it must be completed by a doctor who is on the Register of Medical Practitioners in Ireland and dated within one month of your application.
When you need to submit an eyesight report
You must submit an eyesight report form if:
- You're applying for your first learner permit
- You're exchanging a driving licence issued by a non-EU country
- You wish to remove the 01 notation (Sight correction and/or protection) from your licence
The eyesight report form must be signed by you in the presence of the optometrist or doctor completing the form and dated within one month of your application.
If you're submitting a medical report, a separate eyesight report is not needed unless requested by your doctor.
Be a responsible driver
It is your responsibility as a driver to:
- take any prescribed medication and manage your condition(s);
- stop driving if any of the medications you are taking for your condition have any side effects that affect your ability to drive, e.g. drowsiness;
- inform the NDLS and your insurance provider of any long-term or permanent injury or illness that may affect your ability to drive safely;
- comply with the requirements of your licence as appropriate including periodic medical reviews;
- get professional advice on your medical fitness to drive if you develop a medical condition during the term of your licence.
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