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.
We strongly advise booking your medical with a reputable provider with doctors experienced in completing driver medicals.
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:
If you are applying for your first group 2 licence, as well as needing a D4 medical to be completed by a doctor you will need to fill in a D2 application form. If you are renewing a group 2 licence instead of D2 application form you will be sent a D47P renewal form by DVLA along with your D4 medical form. If you lose your D47P renewal form when renewing your group 2 licence you can complete a D2 application form instead.
Please note our doctors are not able to assist you in completing a D2 application form or D47P renewal form and they will only complete the D4 medical form.
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.
You can drive group 2 vehicles even if you only meet the vision standard when wearing glasses or contact lenses. If that is the case a code will be added to your licence to stipulate that you must wear them when driving group 2 vehicles.
We conduct an eye test as part of the D4 medical and if you wear glasses you must bring your optical prescription. The minimum requirement is reaching 6/7.5 in the better eye and 6/60 in the worse eye on a snellen chart. If our doctor records that you do not meet the standard, we will ask you to visit your optician for this section to be completed, in the interest of road safety.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
There are stricter rules surrounding driving group 2 vehicles such as HGV or bus than for group 1 vehicles like cars and motorbikes, due to the weight of the vehicles and the fact that you could be carrying a high number of passengers.
You can still hold a group 2 licence if you are diabetic. You must be able to demonstrate you are in control of your diabetes including taking regular blood sugar readings.
There are complex medical standards for these conditions depending on the severity of the faint/seizures.
Hypertension (High blood pressure)
You will not be granted a group 2 licence if your blood pressure is persistently 180/100 or higher.
You are unlikely to be granted a licence if you have had psychotic illness within the last 12 months.
Please note that DVLA have a team of doctors that specialise in each area of medicine and where a medical condition is disclosed they will investigate the application on a case by case basis.
D4Drivers will continue to provide our vital driver medical service to our customers during the current restrictions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and our opening times are unaffected.
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 restrictions as they start to ease in Spring 2021. You are still able to attend medical appointments during these restrictions, as confirmed by gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#healthcare-and-public-services.
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.