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is it possible to have a normal license and have type 1

Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by pumppimp, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. pumppimp

    pumppimp Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Good Evening,
    This will probably sound very stupid, But I'm very worried at the minute about my license. When I applied for my provisional license nearly 10 years ago (17) I filled out all the forms and clearly put that I was diabetic, I then got a questionaire back and I had to put the name of my gp and consultant and addresses if I had any complications if I got hypo warning signs what medication I was on etc etc I sent the form back and assumed that they would contact my doctors then I would get my license. I did get my license about 2 months later, but not far into learning to drive I had very bad control and my consultant siad, and I agreed that it would be a good idea to stop lessons until I had better control. I did but I didn't tell the dvla because I only had a provisional and there was no point as I wasn't driving. Any way fastforward I'm 20 got really good control because of my pump I start driving again and pass my test. Whenever I have my test I let the examiner know I'm diabetic and I'm wearing a pump sorry if it beeps and my bg is 7 etc etc. All fine I pass my test the examiner takes my provisional license and sends it away for me I get my new one in the post. I never realised that Diabetics have 3 year licenses mine is a 10 year one!!! I never knew that we had to renew every 3 years noone has ever mentioned that to me before I started going on this site.
    If I call the dvla up will I get into trouble or do other diabetics have 10 year licenses as well?
    If I'm not supposed to have a 10 year license where did I go wrong what other thing was I supposed to do? Will this invalidate my insurance or only if I have a crash due to diabetes? For my car insurance I alaways put DVLA aware no restrictions.
    Thanks
     
  2. mrman

    mrman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    think you do have a normal id license which needs renewing every ten years just to update the picture of you. You do need to contact the dvla asap explain and they will send u the correct form to fill in. insulin users do only get 3 year licences. If dvla are not aware which I don't think they are it would invalidate your insurance. when u contact them they will advise of ok for you to drive while sorting out.

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  3. TonyTruthful

    TonyTruthful · Well-Known Member

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    Make sure you let them know mate - even if it is the DVLAs fault they will punish you. Plus any insurance will bend over backwards not to pay out!

    TT
     
  4. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Max is a 3 year license with type 1, agree with others that you should contact the DVLA and let them know about their mistake.
     
  5. Freya

    Freya · Member

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    The DVLA look upon you as a driver to ensure you declare anything that needs to be declared. Basically everyone else is right, you need to at least write to them to let them know. I would say phone but you have no proof of that, if you at least keep a copy of the letter you have done your bit and written to them to clarify if your license is right. Its a huge organisation and they do make errors but if your driving knowing you should have a three year license it all comes back on you! Its not worth the risk!

    Hope you get it all sorted out!
     
  6. cknmonster

    cknmonster · Member

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    I have excellent diabetes control and was given a 3yr licence.
     
  7. sammy boy

    sammy boy · Newbie

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    Yes. I passed at 17 and have a ten year license. My cousin also initially had a ten year license before changing to 3 years ones later on in life.
     
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