Our medical team have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about our service below. For COVID-19 specific FAQs click here.
Any Doctor who holds full registration with the GMC (General Medical Council) and is licensed to practise medicine in the UK can complete the DVLA D4 Driver Medical. This can be your own GP or a private firm like D4Drivers whose Doctors specialise in D4 medicals. Additionally EU registered Doctors can complete the D4 medical for drivers who have the medical completed outside the UK.
All our doctors carry copies of the D4 medical form, however we always advise bringing your own copy to your appointment just to be on the safe side, you can get a copy of the the D4 medical form here:
We cannot issue D2 forms. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic you could order your pack from here by post: gov.uk/dvlaforms, please re-visit this page for DVLA updates.
Alternatively some post offices stock D2 forms or failing that your local HGV/PCV training school should have spare copies. If you are renewing your group 2 licence you will be sent a D47P renewal form from DVLA, this is only available by post.
Whilst the doctor completes the D4 medical for you, to reduce the costs you will need to complete the D2 form yourself. For more information on how to complete your D2 or D47P form please visit the DVLA website.
The doctor will examine you in accordance with the requirements of the relevant D4 Medical Form.
During the medical our Doctor will:
Once the medical is completed you sign the back page to confirm you have given the correct information to the Doctor and you must then check you are happy the form is fully completed and correct before ticking at the end of the form. This is very important as if there are mistakes or omissions the form is returned to you by DVLA who deem this the driver’s responsibility.
Once you have posted the form to DVLA they make a decision on fitness, they will either accept your application or reject it and explain why.
It is difficult to give an exact amount of time for how long a D4 medical will take. For someone with a non-eventful medical history and who is relatively fit and healthy the medical will be shorter in duration than for someone who has a complex medical history and/or current medical conditions, for example repeat blood pressure checks may be required. On average the medical takes approximately 10-15 minutes and we allow at least a 15 minute slot per medical which is longer than your average NHS GP consultation.
Yes, it does. If you do wear contact lenses when driving please do not wear them for your medical examination.
We always try to see drivers quickly and at times to suit you so there is no need to take time off work but our clinics are very popular so please get in touch as soon as possible. Call us on 0300 3030 668, email email@example.com or book online and we will be able to offer you a range of appointments at your closest centre(s), including on evenings and weekends.
Below is a list of the six items you will need to bring to the doctor for your driver medical assessment:
The medical form requires medical information from you in detail so please bring as much information as possible so that our Doctor can fully complete the form.
Of course, we email a VAT receipt out alongside your appointment confirmation.
During COVID-19 DVLA have advised that there are longer waiting times due to many of their staff working from home, but they are prioritising applications from key workers like HGV/PCV drivers.
Prior to COVID-19 DVLA advised you should allow 2-3 weeks however they have previously confirmed in a Freedom Of Information request that over 99% of cases are dealt with within a week- but we always advise allowing 3 weeks.
The DVLA D4 medical form is valid for 4 months from the date of the Doctor’s signature (ie date of D4 form completion), so you must send the paperwork in to DVLA within 4 months of your medical for it to be accepted, for group 2 licence categories to be added to your licence or renewed. Please note this does not mean you must pass your HGV/PCV theory or practical driving test within 4 months.
If this is your first application, when you receive your licence back from DVLA with the additional provisional categories these are available to view online and will not show on your physical photocard driving licence.
The DVLA Guidelines state that if you are to drive a commercial vehicle you must be between 6 months and 3 years clear of mental breakdown. The time depends upon the severity of the condition e.g. Schizophrenia generally has a wait time of 3 years whereas Anxiety attack would only be 6 months.
If there is a question we haven’t answered please call us free on 0300 3030 668.
D4Drivers will continue to provide our vital driver medical service to our customers during the current lockdowns in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
As we fall under the Government's list of key workers and help keep HGV and PCV drivers, as well as taxi drivers and paramedics on the road we will remain fully open throughout the lockdowns. You are still able to attend medical appointments during these restrictions, as confirmed by gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home.
All of our clinics are going ahead with additional safety precautions in place. You can feel safe in the knowledge that when you attend your appointment with D4Drivers extra precautions have been taken to ensure you are in a COVID safe environment, including regular cleaning of all surfaces and equipment and strict PPE and social distancing measures.