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How to Get Your Driving Licence Back After Disqualification

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 22 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Driving Licence Endorsements

If your driving licence is taken off you, it will have been because you have reached the maximum number of penalty points allowed or because you have committed a motoring offence that was seen by the courts to have put the lives of others - and yourself - at risk.

Losing your driving licence can mean not only losing your independence but also your job as the lack of a driving licence is seen by many employers as a serious issue. Some people have lost their jobs as a result of losing their licences simply because it means they cannot carry out their jobs as lorry drivers, taxi drivers, salesmen or other employees that are required use a vehicle for work.

Losing Your Driving Licence

If you have lost your driving licence it will be because either:
  • You have reached the maximum number of penalty points allowed on your licence
  • You have a committed a motoring offence deemed serious enough by a court to warrant a driving ban

If your driving licence is revoked for a motoring offence you could be looking at a disqualification period ranging from one year to ten years depending on the severity of the offence. In some rare instances a magistrate will issue a lifetime driving ban if there is a significant risk of the driver reoffending and putting the lives of others at risk.

Once your driving licence has been revoked you are no longer legally allowed to drive any vehicle and if you are caught in charge of a vehicle during this period of disqualification you could be subject to a custodial sentence as well as a hefty fine and further disqualification

Short Period Disqualification

A Short Period Disqualification (SPD) is usually less than fifty-six days. If you receive such a disqualification then the court will give you your licence back but it will be stamped to say that you are disqualified for a set period of time. Your licence does not need to be surrendered or returned to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) and you can start driving again the day after the disqualification period has expired.

Applying for your Driving Licence to be Reinstated

Once your disqualification period has expired you may reapply to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to have your licence reinstated. You must complete the form D27P which the DVLA will send you 56 days before the disqualification period is due to end.

if you don't receive your D27P from the DVLA, you can complete the normal D1 application for a driving licence.

If you have been disqualified for alcohol related offences, the DVLA will make health checks before returning your licence, so you'll need to make extra time allowances for this. In some instances, again depending on the nature of your motoring offence, you may have to re-take the theory test, the hazard perception test and the practical driving test again. You can apply for a provisional driver's licence during this time but you should be aware that your provisional licence will show any endorsements you have received.

Even if your period of disqualification has expired, the endorsements may remain on your licence unless otherwise instructed by a magistrate. In these cases a magistrate will not remove the endorsements without you first appearing before them and putting your case forward for their removal.

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Mand - Your Question:
Hi, I had my license taken from me for one year. I have never re applied for my license. Will I have to take my test again?

Our Response:
This depends on the reason you lost your licence. Sometimes a re-test is ordered (and a medical sometimes for drink driving bans). If you weren't told at the time of your ban, you should contact the DVLA for more advice.
YourDrivingLicence - 23-Jun-17 @ 2:40 PM
Hi, I had my license taken from me for one year. I have never re applied for my license. Will I have to take my test again?
Mand - 22-Jun-17 @ 2:31 PM
Pfafy - Your Question:
Have been banned from driving for 12 months do I need to resit my test or just apply for a new license when ban is lifted

Our Response:
This depends on the reason for the ban. In some circumstances, such as drink driving a test re-sit and/or medical are required. The DVLA will usually contact you well before the ban is up to let you know.
YourDrivingLicence - 20-Jun-17 @ 12:19 PM
Have been banned from driving for 12 months do I need to resit my test or just apply for a new license when ban is lifted
Pfafy - 18-Jun-17 @ 1:31 PM
Hi, I was disqualified from driving in 2012 for totting up 12 points in 2 years. When my ban ended I didn't reapply for my licence. Can I just reapply for it now or will I need to take my test again? Thanks.
dskelly1001 - 17-Jun-17 @ 3:00 PM
Hi I got banned in 2010 and have been in Australia for 7 yr can I re apply for my licence after so many yrs ?????
Gaz - 30-May-17 @ 7:12 PM
I've been banned for dangerous driving for 1 year. I have points on my licence for previous speeding offences. When I reapply and sit my extended driving test, will my licence be clean, or will I still have the previous speeding points on?
Wally - 25-May-17 @ 3:50 PM
Kevs - Your Question:
Once you send licence away after disqualification ends can you drive as you have sent the fee and form?Mines is straightforward. No additional info needed or in high risk category.

Our Response:
You may have to wait until it is returned to you. You usually receive a reminder in sufficient time that this can be administered to coincide with the expiration of the ban.
YourDrivingLicence - 23-May-17 @ 12:54 PM
Once you send licence away after disqualification ends can you drive as you have sent the fee and form? Mines is straightforward. No additional infoneeded or in high risk category.
Kevs - 22-May-17 @ 8:49 AM
Nat - Your Question:
Just been online to check when my driving ban ends and noticed it also had a removal date on it what does that mean thanks

Our Response:
This is the date you can apply for a new licence
YourDrivingLicence - 5-May-17 @ 11:55 AM
Just been online to check when my driving ban ends and noticed it also had a removal date on it what does that mean thanks
Nat - 4-May-17 @ 3:58 PM
Hey there I am 22 years old and I commited a drink driving offence and got arrested for attempting or driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol I received a 22 month ban. I'm not to sure what happens next as the court did not mention about me re taking my driving test and when I did a DVLA check on my license it says 0 points and i received a letter saying I will receive a D1 form but that means I will have to take my test again doesent it ? The DVLA said it doesn't look like I have to ? Can you explain this please.
lil mason 94 - 29-Apr-17 @ 8:49 PM
Hotlips - Your Question:
I got banned yesterday for 4 yrs.how long do I hav to do b4 I can apply to d court to get my licence.think it's 32 month.anyone no d right answer plz.no guessin just facts.thanks.

Our Response:
You can find out the date your driving ban ends online . It will also be on the reminder form that the DVLA sends you 56 days before your disqualification ends. If you've been disqualified for some drink-related offences you will be send a letter 90 days the ban ends.
YourDrivingLicence - 26-Apr-17 @ 11:53 AM
I got banned yesterday for 4 yrs..how long do i hav to do b4 i can apply to d court to get my licence..think it's 32 month..anyone no d right answer plz..no guessin just facts.thanks.
Hotlips - 26-Apr-17 @ 11:47 AM
Hi, I am 20, I have never had a lisence ever before, but I got into a stolen car about a year ago and the boy crashed it, we all got nicked, so on, in court they banned from driving for 12 months, so now I only have 2 months left until it's up, I rang the dvla today and the lady told me that I can apply up 3 months before the ban is over and get my license but it won't be valid until the date my ban is up, so today I sent off for my provisional license, I'm just wondering, is it true about the 3 month thing, because I'm having second thoughts and I hope she wasn't lying and I've just wasted cash on it
Chargey - 12-Apr-17 @ 8:51 PM
Mynightmare - Your Question:
Hi, I got a 12 month ban for smoking canabis, I've applied for my licence back & previous enquires with DVLA indicated just a fee for application & forms, I was waiting the release of my licence after completing numerous form including Diabeties forms due to me having type 1 & the last form being drug use, but now I've been told over the phone that I have to under go a medical with urine test, I'm awaiting my letter to confirm all but can only presume the urine test is for canabis, I've searched but I am unable to find out to what level DVLA test for canabis on a medical?

Our Response:
We can't find any information that gives specific details of the levels of the tests unfortunately. There is some information here which you may find useful.
YourDrivingLicence - 22-Mar-17 @ 10:01 AM
Hi, I got a 12 month ban for smoking canabis, I've applied for my licence back & previous enquires with DVLA indicated just a fee for application & forms, I was waiting the release of my licence after completing numerous form including Diabeties forms due to me having type 1 & the last form being drug use, but now I've been told over the phone that I have to under go a medical with urine test, I'm awaiting my letter to confirm all but can only presume the urine test is for canabis, I've searched but I am unable to find out to what level DVLA test for canabis on a medical?
Mynightmare - 19-Mar-17 @ 12:20 AM
Animosity8819 - Your Question:
Hi a quick question,i was banned for 3 years for drink driving ,and was told I would have to do a blood test to get it reinstated,since then I have quit drink but have now turned to cannabis at weekends. cut a long story short ,would they refuse to reinstate my licence for having cannabis in my bloodstream even though I was banned for drink driving? I cant understand how they could refuse the licence if I was banned for dd because of cannibis showing up though they are two totaly different drug. Alcohol being by far the worst.tnx in advance B

Our Response:
This might be at the discretion of the DVLA (in conjunction with the court) when you re-apply for your licence
YourDrivingLicence - 13-Mar-17 @ 2:41 PM
Hi a quick question,i was banned for 3 years for drink driving ,and was told i would have to do a blood test to get it reinstated,since then i have quit drink but have now turned to cannabis at weekends.. cut a long story short ,would they refuse to reinstate my licence for having cannabis in my bloodstream even though i was banned for drink driving? I cant understand how they could refuse the licence if i was banned for dd because of cannibis showing up though they are two totaly different drug... Alcohol being by far the worst.tnx in advance B
Animosity8819 - 11-Mar-17 @ 4:21 AM
Hi just a quick question I was banned for drInk driving in 2005 in northern IrelandI had a full license no pointscan I get my full driving license back and how much would it cost me cheers
Johnboy - 8-Mar-17 @ 11:48 PM
I got a 12 month ban for drunk driving its nearly up DVDs sent me a d27p form to renew my license dose this mean I don't have to resist my test ?
Billy - 17-Dec-15 @ 9:44 PM
I was banned for3 yr due to refused a specimen .wen my Bann was up I got in touch with dvla Ithey told me I just need 90£ to get lisence back .when it arrived it was a provisional.is this right?
killing machine - 13-Aug-15 @ 1:05 AM
@John. The DVLA will usually send you a form to complete, shortly before the ban ends. If you have not received anything yet then givve them a call on 0300 790 6801. There does not appear to be a charge.
YourDrivingLicence - 7-Jan-15 @ 2:04 PM
I received a 3 month ban last year now it is over I was wondering how much it was to get my provisionallicenseback
john - 5-Jan-15 @ 1:51 PM
@demonic38 - you should call the DVLA on 0300 790 6801 to find out.
YourDrivingLicence - 21-Oct-14 @ 2:19 PM
@kerryjj. It depends on whether you were classed as a high risk offender (ie how much over the limit you were). High risk offenders receive an application from 90 days before the disqualification period is due to end. Non High risk offenders get theirs 56 days before. You may be required to take a medical examination as well.
YourDrivingLicence - 21-Oct-14 @ 10:00 AM
hi there i had my licence revoked in 2009 an had a 6 month ban, but afterthat time i did not have the £70 to get my licence back , all i need to no is can reapply for my licence back now and pay the £70 , or do i have to retake my test , thanks for your help ja
demonic38 - 20-Oct-14 @ 2:13 AM
Hi, can someone advice me, l was ban for18 month for drink drive by the court. I wanted know how do l get my lisence back and what do l need to do to this effect? Would l have to resit for the thoery and practical test again? Please l had a clean lisence with no points on it.
kerryjj - 18-Oct-14 @ 7:09 PM
@John - if you're classed as a non-high risk offender, the DVLA usually sends you a form before your disqualification period ends. This is usually within 56 days of the end of the disqualification period but obviously that is not relevant with just a 30 day ban. You may need to contact the DVLA directly to ask them about this - generally you will need to complete a form and return it to them.
YourDrivingLicence - 17-Oct-14 @ 10:26 AM
Hi , hoping someone can help. I was given 10 points for being in charge of my car over the limit. These took me to 13 and at court the judge reduced my ban from 6 months to 30 days. Im hoping someone can advise if I can drive as soon as the 30 days are up and if I need to contact the DVLA to get my license back or do they send it back ?
John - 16-Oct-14 @ 3:34 PM
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