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3 year License - cant see any restrictions

Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by deepanshus, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. deepanshus

    deepanshus Type 2 · Member

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    Hi,
    i recently diagnosed for Type 2 diabetes and had to inform DVLA as i was prescribed insulin. I have now recieved my new 3 year validity license but contrary to what i read at lot of places, i can not see any sort of "restriction" code on the license.

    when i am renewing the insurance, i think the appropriate selection would be "Medical Condition - DVLA Aware, unrestricted license". Is there any reason why i should be selecting a "3 year restricted license" ?

    Deepanshu
     
  2. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion it is a 3 year restricted license, it is a time restricted license, you also may not have options on there that were there before (but never used) - for instance I don't have as many options available to me as my workmate because I'm insulin dependent.
    If you tell the insurance it is a normal license chances are you won't be covered by it.

    Edit: it helps if I use the right words :)
     
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  3. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Ring your insurer and get more information - safest way.
     
  4. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    Agree with @Rokaab above. Although I think things may be different these days, passing a car driving test used to automatically give you a license to drive other vehicle groups upto and including 7.5 Ton trucks. This was taken off my license when I first informed DVLA of my diabetes - hence it's restricted.
     
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    britishpub Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @deepanshus the reason you should be selecting “3 year restricted licence” is because you have a 3 year restricted licence.

    A normal licence would not be restricted to 3 years.
     
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    PatsyB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    does the dvla send you a renewal when your license is due to be reknewed after three years
     
  7. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    You will get a reminder notification letter. You then have to apply for the renewal which can now be done on-line. I renewed my license this way last time around and it was very fast.
     
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  8. deepanshus

    deepanshus Type 2 · Member

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    Hi, thanks for all your comments. I did call up my insurer and (Admiral) and changed my type to "3 year restricted, DVLA aware". There was no charges or change in the premium (kudos to Admiral here, no discrimination) . i also checked with the DVLA that the licensed would be renewed after 3 years upon filling up another form which my GP would have to sign and again there will be no charges for renewal (unlike normal license).

    Also, just to add, in case someone reads it in future. I called up DVLA asking details about how to return my current license before a new 3 year license can be issued and they confirmed that its not a legal requirement to have your license on you to drive the car. So i posted my form and license (recorded delivery) and got a new one in about a week. I would recommend keeping a photocopy and proof of posting.
     
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    margamandan Type 1 · Member

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    hi, i had an old license, with higher vehicle weight classifications, and when diagnosed 3 years ago, they restricted my weight classes etc, and time restricted the license too. as stated by another poster, you are now on a 3 year restricted license. in your situation, it probably only became restricted on time, as you passed your test after a certain date and had the newer limited weight classifications.

    good luck with your condition
     
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