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How to Get Your Driving Licence Back After Disqualification

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 17 Sep 2019 | 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Once your driving licence has been revoked you are no longer legally allowed to drive any vehicle and if you are caught in charge of a vehicle during this period of disqualification you could be subject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 got banned in may 2017 for 36 months do i have to resit my test again to get my licence back
Sue - 17-Sep-19 @ 2:31 PM
My driving ban ends on the 10th of october do i need to reapply for my licence and if so how much is it
Chippy - 4-Sep-19 @ 1:24 PM
I received a 55 day totting up ban. The court confirmed that I am NOT required to return my license (only applies for 56 day plus bans). Are my penalty points still wiped clean. If yes, does this mean that a further minor endorsement after the ban, would not lead to another ban?
N - 27-Aug-19 @ 1:17 PM
Hi My brother was stopped by police today and told his licence had been revoked in 2002.. and that he shouldn't be driving. He has been breathalised twice and had to produce his licence. Neither time was anything said to him. The licence was not registered at his address.Any advice please Oh car in compound
Tessa - 9-Aug-19 @ 7:18 PM
My wife and I are in the process of moving to the UK .I’ve been an expat for 20 years and hold a Thai driving license.Is it possible to buy a car in the UK and insure it on a Thai license with a international license, until we have time to sit the UK diving test?
Du - 30-Jul-19 @ 4:00 PM
To whom it may concern. I'm 8 weeks away from getting my licence back after a 12 month ban. I have a outstanding fine left to pay. How do I find out how much is outstanding and can I do it online?
Wozza - 27-Jul-19 @ 6:39 PM
I have been driving less than 2 years and have 3 points for speeding. I got caught on the flash camera again 2 weeks later which will lead to another 3 points which means I lose my license is there anyway to go about this to stop me losing it as I need to drive for work purposes!
Baro - 22-Jun-19 @ 3:17 PM
Hi stupidly I swapped cars cancelled insurance on the car I scrapped & then drove my girlfriends car and didn't add me on I just literally forgot as had to get to work I got pulled over car compounded now got a letter 6 points &300 fine & to revoke my license as only had it 14 months..... I will have to redo tests or appeal to court Help please advise
Jd - 30-May-19 @ 8:44 PM
What is a good enough reason for court to reinstate me my driving license earlier than 12 years
Ash - 20-May-19 @ 6:44 PM
I had my provisional revoked after being caught driving without a full licence and insurance, my question is do have to apply for a D1 again?
Kev - 16-May-19 @ 9:54 PM
Hi I got caught with no insurance in March 2018.the courts took my licence away gave me a fine and 6 points.well I wrote to the courts pleading with them and they sent back another letter saying I can keep my licence and a lesser fine am but still 6 point.all this in first year of me passing my test. Can the dvla still take my licence even if courts said i can keep it or no thanks.
Tara - 6-May-19 @ 12:02 AM
Hello, I got disqualified for a year yesterday in court, however, they have not taken my physical licence nor does DVLA online show the conviction. What do i do with my licence
ringo - 4-May-19 @ 9:26 AM
I got disqualified for drink driving 10 years ago and as I didn't have a car I didn't apply to getprovisional driver license , can I apply now after so long?
Rasha - 26-Apr-19 @ 4:08 AM
Do i need to send a new photo if I have been banned or can I leave blank and use from previous licence
Ryan - 25-Apr-19 @ 7:39 PM
Hello. I been banned for 14monts. I have EU driving licence and they didn't took my licence. SoI still have licence with my and now all 14 months gone. Do I need apply anything for driving? If yes so what? What is the process to drive again if DLVA and court didn't take my licence? Many thanks Marius
Marius - 22-Apr-19 @ 11:04 AM
Hi there Recently tried to insure a car I just boughttold the insurance company of the two previous accidents I’ve had in the last 5 years both of which weren’t mind. One involved court and was settled and the other was privately dealt with but still ended up on my record somehow Was quoted £1600 for my insurance which is fair for the car but when I went to proceed with the policy the price went up to over £6000 because I forgot to disclose an accident which I had in December past which was my fault. I’ve now learned that any more that two accidents in the past 5 years and the price quadruples. Is there any way of removing the second accident of my record seeing as no claim or court was involved ? Thanks
Paulaudz - 11-Apr-19 @ 10:44 PM
Can you just start driving again after drink driving ban is finished?
Kezza2019 - 10-Apr-19 @ 3:55 PM
I got disqualified for drink driving 12 years ago and as I didn't have a car I didn't apply to get licence back, can I apply now after so long?
L - 8-Apr-19 @ 9:14 PM
Banned for 12 months in NI ,but i live in England . How or what do i do in the process of re-applying for my licence
BJ - 8-Apr-19 @ 12:10 PM
I don't think I ever received my new license when I passed my test (many years ago), and have checked the site to rewew, this is showing as provisional and has expired. We are trying to get a car but I need my license, does this mean I don't have a full driver's license??
G - 1-Apr-19 @ 2:05 PM
Hi I have no insurance offence on my licence but may loose my actual license due to speeding. If I get my licence took of me when I get it back will all points be removed cause of my ban?thanks Kind regards
Blacky - 26-Mar-19 @ 9:36 AM
My wife received an 18mth ban 14 years ago on a provisional licence. How do we reapplt to get her provisional back?
Mikec73 - 23-Mar-19 @ 4:50 PM
My mum was banned for drink driving ten years ago, can she get her license back after all this time or would she need to 're take her test?
Em - 17-Mar-19 @ 10:01 PM
I have been pulled a few for drug driving, taken to the police station and they try to take blood but failed on all occasions to take blood , on the roadside it come back positive for drugs but cause they failed to get blood on all occasions,I never was charged or taken to court,dvla decided to ban for 1 year what is the process for me to get my licence back please
Doris - 15-Feb-19 @ 5:49 AM
My partner has been driving 30 years. But about 6 years ago he got disqualified. He has since passed his test. When I apply for car insurance do I put that his been driving n held a licence for the 30years or do I have to do it from the new licence date ?
Melissa Price - 11-Feb-19 @ 12:32 AM
I got done for 12 points 6 mouths disqualification what happens next will get my license back I sent off my p1 form off because I lost my d27p form
Adz - 2-Feb-19 @ 6:42 PM
I have been disqualified for 6 mouth I got my d270p forum but lose that then I went to post office n got a p1 form I filled that out is that the same as the d27p and will I just get my prop driving license back
Adz - 2-Feb-19 @ 2:20 PM
I was banned in 2007 for 1 year for no insurance. paper license from 1995. DVLA say license expired but i cant find out from when . do i need to re sit test. any help would be great.
Steve's - 1-Jan-19 @ 7:43 PM
I just hot banbed for drink driving it's my first offence I got 24months ban how long is it before I can apply for early reinstatement as I am a personal trainer and gp referral which means I need to be able to drive asap in order to keep reputation and more important my lively hood.
Stem - 29-Dec-18 @ 12:21 AM
I have recently been banned from drink driving, when I was in court they said nothing about me retaking my test all they said is I can start driving the day after my ban once I get my license back.... Does that mean I have to re take my test?
B - 17-Dec-18 @ 4:27 PM
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