Driving Safely with Epilepsy
Every state restricts or puts limits on driving for people with seizures, and required “seizure-free periods” can vary from state to 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 honestly. 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.
Do not drive if you are having seizures or side effects that affect your ability to be safe on the road. Consult your doctor to discuss any concerns you may have.
Those at risk of seizures should carefully observe their state’s restrictions on driving with epilepsy, and know exactly how long they must be seizure-free in order to safely and legally get on the road.