If you need to stop driving for a medical or other reason in the UK, you will need to inform Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of your decision.
Surrendering Your Licence
UK drivers, who are not in a fit medical state to drive, must surrender their driving licence to DVLA as soon as possible. Consult your doctor, who will be in a position to advise on you on the best course of action. If you do not voluntarily surrender your driving licence when you are medically unfit to drive, but medical enquiries are made that show you are unfit to drive, your licence will be revoked.
Why Should I Voluntarily Surrender My Driving Licence to DVLA?
It is better to voluntarily surrender your driving licence to DVLA, rather than have it revoked, for a number of reasons. According to Directgov, if you are able to resume driving in future, you will have cover to drive under Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act, 1988, once your application is received by DVLA, as long as you meet certain criteria.
Your valid application will be held at DVLA and you must have held a valid GB or Northern Ireland licence that has been issued since 1 January 1976, or another licence that is exchangeable. One of the best benefits that come from voluntarily surrendering your driving licence to DVLA is that you will not be required to take another driving test when you are fit enough to drive again.
Declaration of Voluntary Surrender Form
Click here to access a copy of the Declaration of Voluntary Surrender form. Print off a copy, complete it and send it back to DVLA as soon as possible. Remember to enclose your driving licence. If your driving licence has been lost or stolen, tick the appropriate boxes, and provide an explanation for the omission of your licence.
Where to Send Completed Declarations
Once you have completed your declaration, you can either Fax or post the form to DVLA. Fax the form to 0845 850 0095 or send it to the following address:
Drivers Medical Group,
Drivers who develop a medical condition that means they are no longer in a position to drive must inform DVLA and return their driving licence. There are many benefits to the voluntary surrender of your driving licence. For example, if you voluntarily surrender your driving licence, it will not be revoked; nor will you have to take another driving test when you are well enough to drive again.
Directgov, How to tell DVLA that you have stopped or need to stop driving.