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Can I drive if I'm seizure free for 7 months?

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:23
Hi, I'm 21 years old and last year in February I lost my license. Previously I was seizure free and got my license back in 2018. I had it got an entire year before I lost it. I do believe it was caused because of stress. In September 2019 I got another seizure (also stress related). Anyways before I had the seizure I was 8 years seizure free. Since my history of seizures is not as bad at others do you think they would let me get my license after 7 months instead of 12 months? I'm doing great and I was thinking if maybe they would make me do an EEG and if it's better then they would consider giving me the privilege to get my license. Is what even possible? Has this ever happened to anyone?


Different states have

Submitted by birdman on Thu, 2020-02-13 - 17:06
Different states have different laws regarding the time people need to be seizure free.  Some states require a doctor's permission.   An interesting link that describes the rules of various states is 

Depends where you are... not

Submitted by Meggo on Thu, 2020-02-13 - 21:16
Depends where you are... not here in the UK.

Hi, Thank you for sharing

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2020-02-14 - 09:36
Hi, Thank you for sharing your posting. As Meg and Michael shared in their comments, the laws determining which medical conditions may prevent someone from driving varies from state to state. Your safety, as well as the safety of others is most important. Talk with your healthcare team about your concerns, who can help determine what is best and safest for you.You can learn more about maintaining your license, the driving laws in your state and mandatory reporting for physicians here:, you may always contact our 24/7 Helpline, where trained information specialists are available to answer your questions, offer help, hope, support, guidance, and access to national and local resources. 1-800-332-1000, or  

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