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What Are Driving Licence Endorsements?

Author: Jack Claridge - Updated: 11 March 2014 | commentsComment
 
Endorsements Penalty Points

Endorsements are any penalty points that you as a driver receive in relation to a motoring offence. These endorsements – or penalty points – are added to your driving licence and are effective for a period of time, which depends on the motoring offence. They are removed after that period of time is up.

You can accrue a maximum of twelve points at which time a disqualification – or ban – is normally awarded.

Totting Up

The so-called ‘Totting Up’ procedure is used to count how many penalty points you have on your licence. Once you have reached twelve points on your licence within a three year period you are normally disqualified.

New Drivers

Under the New Drivers Act if you accrue SIX penalty points within the first TWO years as a new driver; your licence will be taken off you and you will have to re-sit all parts of the driving test.

Types of Endorsement

The nature of the endorsement placed on your licence can vary:

  • Accidents and Careless driving
  • Alcohol or Drug Related
  • Incorrect Documents
  • Construction or Mechanical
  • Speeding

Accidents

  • Failing to stop at the scene of an accident 5 to 10 points
  • Failing to report an accident 5 to 10 points

Alcohol Related

  • Driving with excess alcohol 3 to 11 points and ban
  • Refusing a Breath Test 3 to 11 points

Incorrect Documentation

  • Driving without insurance 6 to 8 points
  • Driving without a valid Driving Licence 3 to 6 points

Speeding

  • Exceeding the speed limit on a road 3 to 6 points
  • Exceeding the speed limit on a motorway 3 to 6 points

Again there are also endorsements for driving without Road Tax and driving without a valid MOT: both of these offences carry fines and the police can administer these fines on the spot as fixed penalties.

If you are able to continue driving with endorsements on your licence you may be required to inform your current employer especially if your company supplies you with a company vehicle and you are covered by a company insurance policy. A failure to declare such endorsements on your licence can result in dismissal.

Having endorsements on your licence may also increase the premiums paid on your own personal insurance policy and again, a failure to declare such endorsements can result in your insurance company negating your policy and prosecuting you for fraudulently obtaining an insurance policy.

If you are in any doubt as to your circumstances regarding endorsements you should contact the DVLA who will be able to provide you with further information.

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i was banned form driving a few years ago for drink driving the ban has finished now and i can drive again but am a h,g.v driver to but cannot aford to get my licence back with out work can i ask the courts for it back and if so how do i do iti now need medicals for my h.g.v to thanks am trying to get back to work on the waggon but not getting anywhereyours anthony
turbo - 11-Mar-14 @ 2:45 PM
Hi, I passed my test in November 2012 and my insurance on my new car started on December 2012, in december 2013 I received a renewal letter which I was happy with and I stupidly assumed that it would automatically carry on and I didn't have to do anything. This was me been stupidly naive as a relatively new driver, I'm now going to court to see if I can keep my license and not have to sit my test again, with all this said I accept it was my mistake and I'm happy to pay my fine but dont want to lose my license, is there any chance of me been successful in court? Thanks
Deemi - 4-Feb-14 @ 2:40 PM
my last speeding fine/3 points was in 16/04/09 can i get it removed from my licence and not count against me in the future
none - 20-Aug-13 @ 7:41 PM
Good morning, please i would like you to help fight my justice regarding the way i was treated when stopped by the policemen on the 31th of may 2013. prior to then, i pre-booked my van for MOT test for the 31th of may 2013 and i Insured my van for a day policy in order so that i can take my van to MOT test centre. On my way going to the MOT centre i got pulled over by the corps who said according to their data base system that my van has no MOT and Insurance. i told them that i have pre-booked the MOT test at one of the test centre in UK and that is where i am going before you stopped me. I showed them the email confirming the MOT test booking and one of the policemen called the phone number on the email and confirmed that truely the van is booked for an MOT for that day. The second police also called the insurance company and after a while he said he confirmed that the van was insured. But for the fact that they want to impound the van by all means, both of them now started looking for ways to issue a penalty notice fine and endorsment. At the end the police handling the mot ended issuing me a panalty notice fine of £60 non endorseable reason being that he said my van has something inside as content which means to him that the van is on hire,business or rewardable journey therefore he is issuing the ticket and the other police also said that he assumed that i am not on the way to the MOT garage that he assumed i am going to deliver the content in my van for monetary reason therefor, he is giving me a ticket of no valid insurance on my van. eventually they succeded in impounding my van since friday. I would like you to help me fight this war because these is so unfaif on me. On the ticket issued for no insurance there is offence code A801 written on it and for the no MOT certificate there is offence code A900. I tried to check all these code but i would not see anything similar to that. can you please help me because now i am helpless struggling to get my van out of the pound yard where its been sitting since friday 31th of May 2013. my contact phone number is 07960040058 and my name is Adebayo Akinwumi. thanks
akinsped - 6-Jun-13 @ 9:07 AM
Good morning, please i would like you to help fight my justice regarding the way i was treated when stopped by the policemen on the 31th of may 2013. prior to then, i pre-booked my van for MOT test for the 31th of may 2013 and i Insured my van for a day policy in order so that i can take my van to MOT test centre. On my way going to the MOT centre i got pulled over by the corps who said according to their data base system that my van has no MOT and Insurance. i told them that i have pre-booked the MOT test at one of the test centre in UK and that is where i am going before you stopped me. I showed them the email confirming the MOT test booking and one of the policemen called the phone number on the email and confirmed that truely the van is booked for an MOT for that day. The second police also called the insurance company and after a while he said he confirmed that the van was insured. But for the fact that they want to impound the van by all means, both of them now started looking for ways to issue a penalty notice fine and endorsment. At the end the police handling the mot ended issuing me a panalty notice fine of £60 non endorseable reason being that he said my van has something inside as content which means to him that the van is on hire,business or rewardable journey therefore he is issuing the ticket and the other police also said that he assumed that i am not on the way to the MOT garage that he assumed i am going to deliver the content in my van for monetary reason therefor, he is giving me a ticket of no valid insurance on my van. eventually they succeded in impounding my van since friday. I would like you to help me fight this war because these is so unfaif on me. On the ticket issued for no insurance there is offence code A801 written on it and for the no MOT certificate there is offence code A900. I tried to check all these code but i would not see anything similar to that. can you please help me because now i am helpless struggling to get my van out of the pound yard where its been sitting since friday 31th of May 2013. my contact phone number is 07960040058 and my name is Adebayo Akinwumi. thanks
akinsped - 6-Jun-13 @ 9:06 AM
I was disqualified for failing to give a sample? I was unable to urinate and Dr was unable to get a blood sample? I was banned for a year? I didn't apply to get licence back as i knew taking my blood would be near on impossible? Is there a time limit for renewing license? I say this as been diagnosed with C.O.P.D,and recently throat cancer? so i now breath through a hole in my neck? Once i've finished radiotherapy i will need to drive? can i still apply after so many years ie: 7-10 years
si - 7-Apr-13 @ 6:25 PM
Hi, Last year I change my non UK driving license to UK driving License. Next month I will go to Canada. How I can get a Driver's Abstract or Enforcement Certificate. Regards
janka - 20-Jul-12 @ 9:08 PM
is it possible for your license to be endorsed but with no points added ?
bob - 17-Jul-12 @ 7:46 PM
Where can I go to find the court proceedings that led to me getting the endorsments on my licence as my employer needs to know the circumstances?
Tee - 12-Jun-12 @ 12:43 PM
@jacob - You will have an NI10 on your license for four years from the date of offence. So if your date of offence 11 June 2012 the endorsement will be shown on your licence until 11 June 2016.
Speedy - 11-Jun-12 @ 5:54 PM
i was given 7 ponts as driving with no insurans how long ni10 will stay on my licence
jacob - 11-Jun-12 @ 5:38 PM
I got 6 point endorsed for not having any type of lisence, does that mean I can't drive or go for a license if so how long for? Its nearly been two years. Cheers Danny
dannyhypaa - 8-Mar-12 @ 8:13 PM
My licence was never taken from me after my ban. i now have had a change of name and DVLA are chargeing me 85 pounds for the name change. will my licence come back cleasr as it was 10 years ago
sue - 4-Mar-12 @ 11:53 AM
I was disqualified in april 2010 for 12 months. This has now expired but i have to pass an ext test to get my licence back.Once i have passed this and have my licence back, what test passed date do i need to tell the insurance companies.Is it this new date or my original pass date which was in 1996.
di - 24-Jan-12 @ 8:43 PM
I was disqualified 6 months, june 2010 ineed to know where my licence is at present
john - 7-May-11 @ 1:09 PM
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