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How to Get Your Driving Licence Back After Disqualification

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 29 Jul 2020 | comments*Discuss
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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Once your driving licence has been revoked you are no longer legally allowed to drive any vehicle and if you are caught in charge of a vehicle during this period of disqualification you could be subject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 the short term disqualification will be recorded. 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. To check the date the disqualification ends, you can view your driving licence online. You can’t drive until it has ended.You don’t need to apply for a new licence before you can drive again.

Applying for your Driving Licence to be Reinstated

If your disqualification is longer term (more tan 56 days)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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I had a 22 month driving ban it ended over a month ago have sent a d1 and fee over 4 weeks ago and heard nothing what is the next step
Branny - 29-Jul-20 @ 12:25 PM
I got a ban last year, it’s due to expired 6th August. The DVLA haven’t sent me a D27 so I sent off a D1 form 4 weeks ago. I’ve heard nothing. Where do I stand on being able to drive?
CJR - 27-Jul-20 @ 9:37 AM
Hi I was disqualified for drink driving last year, my ban ends on 8th Aigust this year, I have not received any forms for renual from the dvla. I got a d1 form from post office sent it off 4 weeks ago but not had any reply and not answering telephone because of covid 19 Can I legaly drive after my ban is up even if I havnt got my liscence back
Maggy - 24-Jul-20 @ 12:02 PM
why put comments up if you do not get any answers, i think it is a complete waste of time
Teddy - 18-Jul-20 @ 11:54 AM
I was banned for 12 months ending this august, I’ve not received a d27 so I got a d1 and can’t find my passport, is it okay to send a copy of my birth certificate
Lemon - 15-Jul-20 @ 2:46 PM
I was banned for two years in March 2020 I sent my licence off. But because of the pandemic I never received anything so I was driving after sending my licence off. However in may 2020 I was pulled over for having no licence which then meant no insurance. Could I argue that my licence was sent but because of covid I never received it back
Sedge - 14-Jul-20 @ 1:08 PM
My father was disqualified for 12 months for DD = A DR10 ON 6/6/2019 , AND HE hasn't had any correspondence from court like ( D27) , it's not allowing him to apply on line even for D1 form , can he drive due to covid19 exemption?
Ady - 12-Jul-20 @ 8:31 PM
Lost my licence through drink driving. Sent off for it and now ban is over. Can I drive without my licence?
Dans - 11-Jul-20 @ 4:46 AM
Got 2 year ban recently, had licence 13 months, magistrate never mentioned I had to do theory or test again,does this mean I do not have to resist test again
Pete - 22-Jun-20 @ 5:28 AM
I got a 12 month driving ban but they never took my license. Do i need to reapply for my license back or can i use my original license?
Matt - 19-Jun-20 @ 7:49 PM
My license revoked last year following medical conditions, re applied on 27 April haven't heard anything from DVLA yet.i was told don't drive until you get license back by DVLA
Skvp - 13-Jun-20 @ 12:42 PM
Hi all I was banned from driving over 10 years ago, for drying driving I was banned for five years and didn't really need my license so didn't apply this happened in 2002, where do I stand and how do I go bouts getting it back Thanks
Curious - 11-Jun-20 @ 3:44 PM
I was disqualified back in 2016 for 18months after disqualification I travelled abroad and stayed there for more than two years and still hold the old license which I guess I should have returned to DVLA but since I was not in the country I could not manage to send it back to DVLA My question now is what should I do to be allowed to drive again?
N/A - 9-Jun-20 @ 3:19 PM
Hi. I have been disqualified for 6 months on provisional driving licence. Do I apply to renew it or start fresh with a new application? And what fee do I enclose? Thanks
Alex1 - 8-Jun-20 @ 1:51 PM
My driving ban ends today, 29-5-20 I sent off for my licence 3 weeks ago but due to Covid 19 nothing has been processed, can I still drive without having the physical licence or do I have to wait?
Gannon - 30-May-20 @ 1:03 AM
I was banned for two. Years in 2007 I was banned for reclusedriving. The judge at the QE2 Liverpool gave me a two year ban. And I never reapplied. But now Ime 59 I need to get back to driving. I’ve got COPD and cannot manage to getfar with the lung troubles. So I would like to know if I still have my license
James - 29-May-20 @ 4:50 PM
I am disqualified until 22nd may 2020 and sent off for my license 3 weeks ago but haven’t yet received it, can i still drive from then or do i have to wait for my license to come ?
James - 22-May-20 @ 8:24 AM
Been revoked explained my circumstances ridiculous fools dvla and court not even heard my view,no justice is served!!!
Smith's - 22-May-20 @ 5:15 AM
Hi, I am disqualified until june 1st I have applied but if I do not receive my license back am I therefore aloud to drive as of the expiry of the disqualification.
Jack - 12-May-20 @ 2:12 AM
I was disqualified until 5th May 2020, sent new application to DVLA 23rd March and still has not been processed Looking at the system and don’t know when I would be, been told due to coved-19. - the DVLA states key workers will be made priority although I was told there was nothing they could do at this moment in time with the current situation and you can not drive unless you have your license back.
STERB - 9-May-20 @ 8:37 PM
I was disqualified from driving until the 5th of may. I sent my application off 4 weeks ago but haven't received my licence back due to corona virus am I still able to drive on the 6th without receiving it in hand? Many Thanks
Snook - 5-May-20 @ 9:53 AM
I have been disqualified for 6 months From 16/12/2019 I do not know when can I apply again for my license Can someone let me know what to do please?
Mustafa - 26-Apr-20 @ 4:42 PM
I lost my licence 10 year ago I never reapplied for it but have been driving, I have recently been found guilty for speeding and gave to attend court what would the outcome be
..... - 30-Mar-20 @ 10:11 PM
my ban is up but stupodly drove after my bam.without remapplyimg. what is the normal comsquences please
jim - 28-Feb-20 @ 7:21 AM
I was disqualified for 2 years and re applying for my provisional now,do I need to send identification again?
Aggydriva - 10-Dec-19 @ 9:12 PM
Lost my license years ago,but it's been up now for 14 years ' do I need to do medical? Paid for renewal but getting nowhere.
Yan - 24-Oct-19 @ 6:11 PM
I've been banned for points totting and am about to get my licence but I didn't change my address to the DVLA and I have 2 cases whereI look to get another 12 pointseven though this happened before my ban can I get banned even though my licence isn't back yet
Colo - 22-Oct-19 @ 3:17 PM
I got my licence revoked would it cost me 65 pound for a provisional licence after ? or is that for my full licence back as i have been asked from the dvla for 65 pound as i sent 34 pound for a provisional thinking i need to retake my test and been assked for a exstra 31 pounds
Jay - 17-Oct-19 @ 4:15 PM
I lost my P1 license in 2001 was wondering if anyone knows if I have to sit a driving test again or I can get my P1 license back now, it's been 19years please help with answers
Mick - 13-Oct-19 @ 2:38 AM
Sick of trying put my opion to the computer with out a sensible answer
Spikesick - 9-Oct-19 @ 1:17 AM
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