Driving and Epilepsy
Restrictions on driving are often cited by people with epilepsy as one of the most difficult parts of their condition. Every state has different guidelines regarding epilepsy and driving, and it is the role of the physician to inform patients about those guidelines.
In New York State, physicians are not required to report incidence of seizures to the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, individuals with epilepsy are expected to provide that information to the department. Driving is then restricted until you have been seizure-free for 12-months.
No physician in the United States has the authority to tell a patient that he or she may drive, as this decision is made by each state’s driving authority. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your state’s regulations.