Transportation

Air Travel & Security Regulations

Confused about what new TSA guidelines will mean for your travel plans? The United States Department of Transportation has developed a fact sheet to answer questions passengers with disabilities may have about the new security procedures. The fact sheet provides information about the accessibility requirements in air travel in light of strengthened security measures by providing a few examples of the types of accommodations and services that must be provided to passengers with disabilities. Find out more about air travel guidelines.

Driving Laws

Can you drive an automobile if you have epilepsy? Yes, if your seizures are controlled with treatment and you meet the licensing requirements in your state. Every state regulates the driver's license eligibility of persons with certain medical conditions. The most common requirement for people with epilepsy is that they be seizure free for a specified period of time and submit a physician's evaluation of their ability to drive safely. Another common requirement is the periodic submission of medical reports, in some states for a specified period of time and in others for as long as the person remains licensed. Find out more in our Driver's Licensing Overview.

To find out the laws of your state regarding driving with epilepsy, visit our Driving Laws by State database.

Legal Issues for Physicians

Our Advocacy section reviews physician immunity, liability and reporting. Please visit if you would like to download material to share with your physician as you discuss your treatment.

Public Transportation & Paratransit Services

People with epilepsy may not be able to drive or may have restricted licenses, making it difficult getting to necessary places. Not driving may limit their ability to work, to get out in the community, or to get to appointments. Public transportation may help; however, it is not always accessible or appropriate. Find out more about paratransit services.

Safety Tips

Don't drive unless you have a valid license and are not having seizures.

If you can't drive because of epilepsy, explore local "Dial a Ride" services and public transportation options.

When riding a bicycle, wear a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads.

As much as possible, ride on side roads or bike paths.

Stand well back from the road when waiting for a bus and from the platform edge when taking the subway or train.

If you wander during a seizure, try to take a friend along when you travel.

If subway or other escalators or stairs are unusually steep, consider using elevators instead.

If you're going to be outside in extremely cold weather, go with a friend.