Dementia and the Law

Some illnesses may affect your ability to drive, especially if you become acutely unwell and need admission to hospital. Some medications may also impair your driving ability.


You are required by law to tell the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have been given a diagnosis of dementia. It is a criminal offence not to do so and is punishable by a fine.


More information:

This leaflet explains how the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act can help you if you are not able to decide things for yourself. It explains who can get permission to make decisions for you and what decisions they can help you with.


It’s Your Decision – the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act can help you when you are unable to decide things for yourself leaflet (PDF)


Hard copies are available from Scottish Government 0131 244 3581


More information:

The Office of the Public Guardian in Scotland was set up to make sure the principles of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act are adhered to. They protect and safeguard people with incapacity. Their website explains what the office does and has more information on powers of attorney, guardianship, intervention orders, access to funds, and consent to medical treatment.


Alzheimer Scotland publish a guide to money and legal matters aimed at people with early stage dementia and at family and friends caring for people with dementia.


More information and a link to the guide is in the Finanical Help section of this website.

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