Get help FAQs Driving with bipolar disorder – notifying the DVLA and your insurance company If you have bipolar, it may have implications for driving. You must inform the following about any medical condition you have that could affect your ability to drive: The DVLA Your insurance company You should also be aware of the effects your medication has on your ability to drive. In addition to this, if you have a substance misuse issue, including alcohol, you are required to tell the DVLA about this. You must tell them no matter how long you have been driving for; this includes during the application for your first licence and renewal of an existing licence. As soon as you become aware of your diagnosis or possible diagnosis, you must alert the DVLA.