Do they test for drugs as well as alcohol during the DVLA medical?

I have a dvla medical, do they test for drugs as well as drink when taken blood and urine tests if I was only banned for drink driving?

micko1234  (Level 1)
26 Jul 2016 23:22, updated
07 Dec 2010, published
Answers (3)
gices  (Level 5)
03 Oct 2011 17:14
The purpose of the DVLA medical test is to ascertain whether you are fit to drive. Most people will undergo this test if they have been caught drink driving and if you're considered a high risk offender (HRO). So when you go to your GP (or another doctor), they will have to perform any tests they think is relevant for you before they can report back to DVLA. The usual test that is carried out is alcohol related (liver function test) but they can check for drugs in your system as well. The following drug misuse and dependence can be tested for:

  • Cannabis
  • Amphetamines
  • Ecstasy
  • Ketamine & other psychoactive substances, including LSD and Hallucinogens
  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Cocaine
  • Metamphetamine
  • Benzodiazepines

Before sending a report on your fitness to drive to the DVLA, the doctor may perform any additional tests that he thinks is important for your situation. Therefore some people may have just a few tests carried out on them while others may have a lot more before they are issued back their licences.

Source : http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/medical/ataglance.aspx (PDF format, page 39)
Comments (2)
anonymous  (Level 2)
24 Sep 2013 15:46

I am a heroin addict and have my DVLA medical blood test a week today. Does anyone know how long it takes to clear out the body completley? Thanks!! PANIC

anonymous  (Level 2)
17 Oct 2013 21:12

it will be out of your system after 7 days as long as you eat and drink healthy

anonymous  (Level 2)
23 Sep 2013 15:41

I have recently taken the medical I am not dependant on alcohol or drugs but i do ocasionally use both, I have been drinking less than 2 weekly last month but before that hadnt been out for months, the last time I smoked cannabis was ages ago and I did do some pills on new years eve.

I told all this to the doctor even though I could have lied because I know the drugs wont be in my system, when I say drugs I mean the pills new years eve so 9 months ago and a bit of weed ages ago. I am waiting on my results the doctor said he couldnt see a reason I wouldn't get my licence back but because of the admissions I made to my past they might request a drug test. What's your opinions people and for any one whos got a medical coming up I hope you find this usefull and I will let you know what happens next.

anonymous  (Level 2)
23 Sep 2013 16:08

Yes they do. They take blood and urine. They definitely test your urine for drugs but I''m not sure if what they check your blood for. I'm hoping it's just for alcohol (liver function). They take blood pressure and want to check your body for any scars? Random I know. Hope this helps.


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