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How to Get Your Driving Licence Back After Disqualification

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 29 Dec 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Once your driving licence has been revoked you are no longer legally allowed to drive any vehicle and if you are caught in charge of a vehicle during this period of disqualification you could be subject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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Well I was band for 5 years 3 months , I deserved everything and every long slow day off it and mark my words it's hell, and everybody else deserves there ban wot ever motoring offences . I could of killed anybody or my self , so any body on here medically band or d d band deserves it . No excuses on how or can or this excuse or I do or agree . Lose not to me it is hell and it is long and slow and looking at the time and wishing it were over . Bad look I say your driving licence has been revoked or band for a reason . So stop complaining and get on with it . I have and mine is up 5 years 3 months. If you do the crime like me you do your time . Unlucky .2012 to 2018 1825 it's a killer . But I deserved it . But it slow hard and hell. But it's over .no pittey for any of you . Just get on with it .and no you can apply early for your licence is a load of crap , trust me . Ban mean a band except for the reduction cause other than that day one to 3 4 5 years you do the lot of the band and revoked no chance of early getting you drivers licence back . Majestrates ot crown court will just say NO And laugh at you .
M - 29-Dec-17 @ 2:08 PM
Well I was band for 5 years 3 months , I deserved everything and every long slow day off it and mark my words it's hell, and everybody else deserves there ban wot ever motoring offences . I could of killed anybody or my self , so any body on here medically band or d d band deserves it . No excuses on how or can or this excuse or I do or agree . Lose not to me it is hell and it is long and slow and looking at the time and wishing it were over . Bad look I say your driving licence has been revoked or band for a reason . So stop complaining and get on with it . I have and mine is up 5 years 3 months. If you do the crime like me you do your time . Unlucky .2012 to 2018 1825 it's a killer . But I deserved it . But it slow hard and hell. But it's over .no pittey for any of you . Just get on with it .
M - 29-Dec-17 @ 2:01 PM
Hi, I lost my driving license 2 years ago as I was given a 3 year ban for drink and driving offence.is there anyway I can regain my license back sooner!? Thanks
Toni4real - 28-Dec-17 @ 7:47 PM
Hi my drivers license was revoked by ducks saying the Home Office said that l do not have status. I have applied for my stay and have done my biometrics. Awaiting for a decision. How can l get my licence back
Bruce - 18-Dec-17 @ 11:37 AM
I should add,they have told me I now cannot drive for 12 months.This will have a horrendous effect on mine,my father and daughter’s life and I can promise you that I have not “persistently misused or had dependence on illegal drugs” in any way shape or form.I did tell the independent GP I used co-codamol for back pain but that is all.
Rocco - 17-Dec-17 @ 12:58 PM
Hi, I have been informed yesterday(Saturday) that I have to stop driving as the DVLA have information that I have “either persistent misuse or dependence on drugs in the last 12 months” This is not true.I don’t know how they can be allowed to use this wording.I gave them a urine sample (even though I have been off methadone for 16 months) a few weeks ago and took a Home drug testing kit beforehand because I was worried about false positives and was negative for everything,except benzodiazepines which I am prescribed.There is no way I have any dependence or persistent use of anything and as I care for my dad almost full time,I need to be able to drive his mobility car.I hope they tell me what the problem is tomorrow but I haven’t slept a wink and know how difficult and time consuming fighting them is.Can you advise me on this matter?
Rocco - 17-Dec-17 @ 12:53 PM
I was caught driving without a licence or insurance I got a ban in court but cannot remember how long it was for I never received and letters or forms afterwards. How do I find out how long the ban was for if I never received a dvla form and is their a way I can find out online
Nita - 14-Dec-17 @ 6:46 PM
Hi I lost my license for 6 months due to having 12 point in a year and half ov having it I got caught with no insurance 2 times in two weeks I got sent to court and the revoked me and gave me 6 points week later was back in court for the 2nd time and got anuther 6 points and disqualified for 6 month judge said nothing about redoing my test do I have to when my ban is up or will I get my license back thanks
jt2017 - 6-Dec-17 @ 11:53 PM
Prashant - Your Question:
My car licence temparay 6 month disqualufied.I receiced d26p form.I already returned my original licence previouly.Now what document I have to send again.

Our Response:
The form will tell you what documatentation need to send along with the completed form.
YourDrivingLicence - 4-Dec-17 @ 11:19 AM
Harry - Your Question:
Hello, looking for some advice please as I'm a little confused. A few years ago I applied for my first provisional license. I had to undergo a medical due to previous drug addictions. I passed and was given one. A few years later it was due for renewal. I passed my theory and ready to take my practical. I had to renew first. I had to take another medical. It came up positive for the metabolic of cocaine. I had my licenced revoked for a year. What do I have to do when it's time to get it back please????

Our Response:
The DVLA should get back in touch with shortly before renewal and you inform you about further medical tests etc.
YourDrivingLicence - 4-Dec-17 @ 10:38 AM
My car licence temparay 6 month disqualufied...I receiced d26p form...I already returned my original licence previouly....Now what document I have to send again.
Prashant - 3-Dec-17 @ 8:35 AM
Hello, looking for some advice please as I'm a little confused. A few years ago I applied for my first provisional license.I had to undergo a medical due to previous drug addictions. I passed and was given one. A few years later it was due for renewal. I passed my theory and ready to take my practical. I had to renew first. I had to take another medical. It came up positive for the metabolic of cocaine. I had my licenced revoked for a year. What do I have to do when it's time to get it back please????
Harry - 3-Dec-17 @ 1:11 AM
I got my license taken away for a year but desided not to get it renewed it's been 5 years do I have to start over a d write test again
Becka - 27-Nov-17 @ 7:07 AM
Hi l just want to find out what l can do. Got a letter from DVLA saying home office has advised them that l have no status. I have applied for stay and awaiting decision. Can l apply to get my licence back. I have received email acknowledgement and have been advised that my biometric letter is on it's way.
Nikkyi - 23-Sep-17 @ 1:05 PM
Moody - Your Question:
Disqualification is up on August 1st. How long do you get to apply after that date if you already haven't done it

Our Response:
The DLVA normally send you a notice 56 days before the ban is up. Give them a call them on0300 790 6801
YourDrivingLicence - 31-Jul-17 @ 11:17 AM
Disqualification is up on August 1st. How long do you get to apply after that date if you already haven't done it
Moody - 27-Jul-17 @ 2:19 PM
I got banned for 6 months after totting up 12 points on my licence in three years, I have my licence back but it is only valid for 6 months, why is that? I also have. TT99 on my licence which is making the cost of insurance go through the roof.
Deano - 10-Jul-17 @ 12:29 PM
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
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