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My license was revoked last Feb when I declared I had been dependant on alcohol in the past. They revoked it for 1 year.

I have never been convicted, had seizures, blackouts etc, I was a very tame but honest drunk


I re-applied in Feb and my Dr completed their questionnaire supporting me having 1year sobriety and I had blood tests at the Dr showing good liver function etc.


The DVLA have now requested I have a medical because I was Dependant.


Due to Covid their labs are closed and they cannot say when I can have one.


I am also a Carer of a vulnerable child and wife of a critical Covid worker.


I have found in law that they need reasonable grounds to request their medical, they don't seem to. They say their processes say I have to, so I have to.  


HELP! How can I make them change their mind about making me need a DVLA medical that make take ages?


Many thanks


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19 hours ago, MidnightRaven said:


My license was revoked last Feb when I declared I had been dependant on alcohol in the past...



Do you mind if I ask whether there was a particular reason why you declared an alcohol dependency from the past?  Presumably you were - and are - no longer dependent?


I'm not suggesting you should not have declared it, but I'm surprised you volunteered the information... (if it was volunteered...)

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Short answer - stupid but honest.

Long answer - had mental health crisis to declare and answered alcohol questions that were on same form.


If my MH was good at the time I filled out form, I probably would’ve completed it differently. As I had single drinking session night before MH hosp admisssion, I hadn’t drank for 9mths previous. Form was Feb last year so can’t do anything about that now I don’t think. It’s just the request for a ME that will take ages and I dont understand why they’ve requested it.

MH has been good for over 3months now so DVLA happy with that. 

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Honest - not stupid at all.  Good for you.


Ironic that you end up having a problem with DVLA and not the 1,000s (10,000s or 100,000s) of other more dishonest people with an alcohol dependency.  (I used to work for a mental health trust so have some idea of the numbers).


I can't advise on the DVLA medical - hopefully others can.  Hope your mental health stays well and you remain abstinent.


Good luck!

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