DVLA driving licence categories
Group 1 licence
Cars and motorbikes
You need to notify DVLA if you are on insulin. You will generally be issued with a licence which lasts up to 3 years. You will then need to re-apply for your Group 1 licence. Should you develop diabetes related complications which would prevent safe driving (e.g. more than 1 episode of severe hypoglycaemia whilst awake over a 12 month period, hypoglycaemia unawareness, sight loss, circulation or sensation problems in your lower legs/feet) you need to inform DVLA
Group 2 licence
Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) and
Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV)
DVLA will need to be notified if you hold a Group 2 licence and are taking any form of medication to control your blood glucose.
Taking insulin does not stop you from holding a Group 2 licence but you will need to demonstrate that you have well controlled blood glucose and that you monitor regularly. You will need an annual assessment from an independent DVLA appointed hospital diabetes Consultant. You will need to provide evidence of good control with 3 months of blood glucose monitoring recorded on a meter with a memory. FINGER PRICK BLOOD TESTS NEED TO BE DONE AT LEAST TWICE PER DAY AND ALWAYS BEFORE DRIVING.
If you are diet controlled but develop diabetes complications which would prevent safe driving (e.g. visual loss, nerve or circulation damage to the lower legs/feet) you will also need to inform DVLA.