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Do You Know What Your State's Law Is?

My family and I have learned a lot about driving when I became diagnosed with epilepsy.

Being diagnosed with epilepsy later on in life when you are used to a "normal" driving life was very tough. Not only was it scary but difficult to adjust your lifestyle.

After all by now I was married, we both worked full time jobs, and we had two young boys which needed things and be places. I went from being able to just get places when needed, Brent and I adjusted our schedules based on taking turns for the boys, just like another family, to now adding in me losing my license when seizures broke through. What were we going to do?

Some factors that you need to know about driving and epilepsy

These are some key factors according to the Epilepsy Foundation:

Knowing what type of seizures you have, and how they are diagnosed by your doctor.

Know that each state has their own law based on stipulation of how you are diagnosed, and what is reported by your doctor. Such as if your doctor provides to the DMV that you only have Nocturnal Seizures(while you sleep), in some states you can keep your license, but have restricticted hours you can't drive.

Some sates have mandatory reporting laws to the DMV, even if you didn't report it. This could be a liability to yourself and your doctor, if not reported when they have happened. This is sadly why many people living with epilepsy change doctors often because they don't want to lose their license. Especially if they are the only one that can get them to their job.

What is your state's law on having a CDL?

Do you know how long you have to go being completely seizure free, before you can get your license back? Is it 3 months, 6 months or a year?

Do you have to be seizure free off or on meds?

Does your state require a doctors letter certifying you are seizure free for that amount of time?

This short video below provided by the Epilepsy Foundation, explains it clearly. You still need to know your own states law.

You can copy the link below to see what your state requires for those living with epilepsy.


Make sure to check back on Wednesday's blog to see what states I have lived in, and how it has effected me personally and my family. We have gone through a lot over many years.


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