Providing a Medical Certificate (MC) for a Motor Vehicle in the UK is something that every driver should do – every time they drive a motor vehicle in the UK. The MC is a document issued by the Driver and Vehicle Records Agency (DVRA) which is used by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Commission to confirm the general health and safety of any driver who gets their license through a car company in the UK. Many people think that getting a continuous and up-to-date medical certificate is as simple as visiting a DVA premises. However, for some reason, it is not. The procedure involved may differ significantly depending on where you live, whether you drive on motorways and local authorities, whether you drive a Honda or a Citroen etc., and indeed, whether you are renewing your license with DVLA or someone else.
Driving a motor vehicle is a privilege, not a right. There are a number of conditions which you need to meet in order to be issued with a driver’s license. You need to provide a completed form, see a qualified driving instructor and show satisfactory behaviour whilst on the road. There are also some specific standards which apply when performing pre-accident checks at the time of your application for a license or when getting your vehicle tested by the DVLA. These include being honest with them during a safety check and driving carefully and with care.
Every driver in the UK is required by law to carry medical certificates proving they have been prescribed a number of medicines. These are known as ‘Motor Medicals’ and are mandatory in the UK if you regularly drive cars, vans or lorries and have a personal or fixed-term direct contract with a company to provide a significant amount of their work (in this case you are being insured). You may have some problems understanding what this means and getting your Motor Medical but don’t worry it is relatively simple to do once you have an understanding of it.