Epilepsy and Driving

In Ontario, the Ministry of Transportation makes all decisions about drivers’ licenses.

Who may not drive:

  • any person with uncontrollable seizures
  • any person who has had seizures in the past 12 months
  • any person who is presently taking anti-seizure medication which causes drowsiness or poor muscle control
  • any person who requires medication to prevent seizures but persistently drinks alcohol to excess, or who does not comply with a physician’s anti-seizure medication recommendations

If any of the following conditions are met, a person with a seizure disorder may drive:

  • febrile convulsions are limited to early childhood
  • seizures were the result of a toxic illness which is now completely cured seizures appear to be prevented by medication
  • the person has been free of seizures for 12 months and medication does not cause drowsiness or poor co-ordination
  • the person has had a solitary seizure that cannot be related to a toxic illness, and has provided a full neurological examination revealing no epileptic activity
  • the person has had seizures only during sleep or immediately upon awakening for a least 5 years
  • the person has been seizure free on medication for 1 year
  • seizures recur because of the cessation of medication following a physician’s  instructions
More Information

Contact your nearest Driver Examination Office or Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation for more information about:

  • applying for a beginner driver’s license
  • applying for a commercial license
  • suspension of a driver’s license
  • appealing a license suspension
  • any other driving-related issue