section 88 for old ban and HRO medical

I was banned in 2004 for two years so I have been eligible to get my licence returned for quite a while now, but have never seriously needed to do so, so I didn't bother.

I was hoping someone will clarify as to whether I can drive while awaiting the HRO medical, as long as I have actually applied to the DVLA for its return?
Simple answer to this, yes you have to do a medical, the time lapse does not make any difference, and no, you cannot drive pending the outcome of the medical, that option was removed 4 or so years ago. You have to wait for the results to be considered and the decision made by DVLA medical section.
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