Neurological Guidelines for Applicants with Seizures
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles Division of Drivers Licenses
- Applicants and licensed drivers should be seizure free for a period of two years before
being approved for licensing; but, if under regular medical supervision, may apply at the
end of six months for review by the Medical Advisory Board. "Petit mal" or
absence seizures and partial seizures with complex symptomatology will also follow these
guidelines. The isolated seizure with a normal electroencephalogram may be reviewed at the
end of three months.
- Applicants and licensed drivers who have been approved after six months seizure free may
be required to submit follow-up reports at the end of one year from date of approval.
- Applicants and licensed drivers who have had a chronic recurring seizure disorder (or
have been treated for such for one year) and medications have been discontinued will not
be licensed to drive during the period of drug with-drawal and for a period of three
months following complete cessation of treatment. If the patient has seizures during this
period, licensing may be considered after a three-month seizure free interval upon return
to adequate therapy.
- If there is a question about the seizure type or the medication the applicant or
licensed driver is on, it is the prerogative of the Medical Board to question the treating
physician further in an effort to clarify the nature of the seizures.
- Blood levels below therapeutic levels are to be considered on an individual basis.
- Applicants and licensed drivers with only chronic nocturnal seizures will be considered
on an individual basis.
- Applicants and licensed drivers with syncopal episodes who have no clear diagnosis
established will be considered on an individual basis.
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