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Assurance of good health for first-time driving licence applicant

As a driving licence permit applicant, you do not need to provide a medical certificate, but instead you can assure that you meet the health requirements when applying for your first Group 1 driving licence.

The opportunity to provide your own assurance of your state of health applies to all first Group 1 driving licences, which includes passenger cars, motorcycles, mopeds, light quadricycles and tractors. If you already have some other Group 1 driving licence, you do not need to give further assurance of your state of health when applying for another driving licence from the same group.

The assurance is provided on application form, where the applicant states that they fulfil the required health criteria. The applicant must also assure that their eyesight is sufficient and must notify, if this is the case, that they use glasses or contact lenses.

If you do not wish to or are not able to provide such assurance, you must provide a medical certificate to show that you meet the health requirements for driving.

First time driving licence applicant’s assurance of fulfilment of health requirements for driving

A person applying for a Group 1 driving licence for the first time (AM/120, AM/121, A1, A2, A, T, B, BE) may provide their own assurance that they meet the health requirements for driving and have sufficiently good eyesight. In this case a separate medical certificate is not required.

For obtaining a driving licence, your combined eyesight score must be at least 0,5. Your eyesight must have been properly examined (e.g. by an optician, doctor or public health nurse).

When applying for your first driving licence, you do need a separate medical certificate of your driving ability if you have had any of the following diseases, disabilities or symptoms which can affect one’s driving ability:

  1. A progressive eye condition or vision problems despite possibly using eyeglasses/contact lenses
  2. Diabetes
  3. A heart condition or artery disease (e.g. arrhythmia, myocardial infarction, cardiac insufficiency or severe hypertension)
  4. Chest pain or shortness of breath
  5. A cerebrovascular disorder (e.g. cerebral infarction, cerebral haemorrhage or TIA attack)
  6. Long-term insomnia, severe fatigue or sleep apnoea
  7. A mental health disorder (e.g. severe depression, self-destructive behaviour, schizophrenia, psychosis or bipolar disorder)
  8. A personality disorder
  9. A hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD)
  10. A developmental disability
  11. A neurological disease or injury (e.g. epilepsy, narcolepsy, MS, Parkinson's disease, a brain tumour, disturbance in state of consciousness, a brain injury or a spinal injury)
  12. A memory disorder
  13. Recurrent dizziness that disturbs your normal functioning
  14. Problematic alcohol use or alcohol addiction
  15. Drug abuse
  16. Regular or recurrent use of medication affecting the central nervous system (labelled with a warning triangle)
  17. Musculoskeletal disease or an injury that may disturb the use of the vehicle controls
  18. Some other serious disease (e.g. a severe pulmonary disease, severe hepatic or renal insufficiency, cancer or organ transplant)