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How to Get Your Driving Licence Back After Disqualification

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 30 Oct 2018 | 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Once your driving licence has been revoked you are no longer legally allowed to drive any vehicle and if you are caught in charge of a vehicle during this period of disqualification you could be subject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 have been banned for 12 month for drink drivingi had to give my licence to the judge after my hearing.i'm about to get the forms through to re apply for this. my question is i cant remember if the judge said i have to re sit my test before i get this back? Please could you advise.
monkey boy - 30-Oct-18 @ 1:39 PM
My 19 year old son had just been flashed at 80mph on the M3, it was under a 50mph restricted speed zone. He's been driving 18 months, clean license. Can anyone tell me what might be the outcome? Ban? Licence withdrawn? Really want to know if there is any information out there about how long he might be without the license???
Cam - 15-Sep-18 @ 3:11 PM
I lost my provisional lucence 20 yearsago for drink driving...How much is it to spply for another provisional lucence now..thanks
Gaz - 6-Sep-18 @ 1:49 PM
Fluffy - Your Question:
Hi, I am banned until 13th August, does this mean I am able to drive on 13th or will it be the 14th I can drive. Also how long does it take for my licence to come through please

Our Response:
If you have a short term disqualification (56 days) 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 which is the 14th. If your disqualifcation was for longer, you need to complete the form and follow the process described in the above article.
YourDrivingLicence - 13-Aug-18 @ 9:53 AM
Hi, I am banned until 13th August, does this mean I am able to drive on 13th or will it be the 14th I can drive. Also how long does it take for my licence to come through please
Fluffy - 11-Aug-18 @ 12:14 AM
I got banned after few months after passing test never got any points just a ban for refusal to give blood test, wasn't told anything about taking test again but I got forms to reapply to get my licence back, will I have to do my test again or will I just get it back
Bobby - 29-Jul-18 @ 7:08 PM
I had a challan in 2015! For red light and my dl was submitted but i did not go to court back in 3 months time, how to het back as almost 3 years gone?
Su - 22-Jul-18 @ 6:19 PM
After notifying dvla of my ADHD they contacted my doctor/medical professionals who told them I take cannabis (information provided in confidence). I have stopped driving and returned my licence but what are my options with regards to trying to get my licence back.
MrS - 29-Jun-18 @ 8:28 PM
Hi i have just reached 12 points on my licence and have been banned for over 56 days - i am a pro truck driver with all categories on my licence ... when they say reapply - do they mean for a the phocard licence document or to do driving licence again?
Maxi - 10-Jun-18 @ 11:09 PM
I've had a driving ban which I think will end in a few months .I keep trying these sites to see when my band up but it needs my driving licence number ,postcode and national insurance .I can do the national insurance and postcode but I'm banned my licence was taken so how can I get my licencenumber off a licence I don't physically have ? The courts took it !
Mike - 31-May-18 @ 11:48 PM
I have been banned for drink drivin this is my 3rd van I wrote a letter to court in January n went to court in feb they s not me letter back seyin. There considering it and when I went to court they basicly said no cuz it was such a short spase of time of gettin banned again I have to wait the full sentence I am just debating wether to apply for it now and see what happens lol it’s up in sept 4th what is any 1s opinions on that ?
Darkside - 30-May-18 @ 6:04 PM
I originally passed my test in March 2008 and then lost it in 2011 for a drink driving ban. (Really unlucky because it was a hangover believe it or not) but yea, I got a 12 month Ban and then had to re-sit my theory and also my practical test again. I now have been driving again from 2012. I still declare that I have held my licence from 2008 so 10 years.
LessonLearned - 22-May-18 @ 11:23 PM
how long do i have to wait for my driving licence after a 15 year ban
Speedy - 3-May-18 @ 10:54 PM
Jon - Your Question:
I lost my license 7 years ago for 2 years and have just been getting train to work but now need my license back as changed location and I don’t no wat to apply for. I have contacted Dvla and they have not been much help they just said reapply but for wat a provisional what. Anyone can help thanks.

Our Response:
If it was a full licence originally you just apply for it to be returned. If the court ordered a driving test re-sit/reapplication then of course you will need to follow different procedures
YourDrivingLicence - 30-Apr-18 @ 3:47 PM
I lost my license 7 years ago for 2 years and have just been getting train to work but now need my license back as changed location and I don’t no wat to apply for. I have contacted Dvla and they have not been much help they just said reapply but for wat a provisional what. Anyone can help thanks.
Jon - 28-Apr-18 @ 11:33 PM
I had my licence revoked and had to apply for a provisional licence and re-sit my theory and driving test again. Now I have passed both theory test and driving test, do I have to wait for Offence dates to expire before I can drive again or. Offence date: 6 Dec 2017 Expiry date: 6 Dec 2020 Removal date: 6 Dec 2021
Hollowman - 21-Apr-18 @ 4:22 PM
I was banned over 15 years ago for 3 years but never reaplied will I need to resit noe
Jamie - 14-Apr-18 @ 8:37 PM
My 12 month drink driving ban is up on 12th April I have sent the forms back for my licence. I'm due to go away on the 13th April does anyone know if I can resume driving after the 12th without having my photo card back? I have not been notified that I have to have a medical as my breath result didn't fall into the high risk group.
Pwoodland - 6-Apr-18 @ 8:25 PM
moans- Your Question:
I was banned for 32 months for drink driving. I paid and completed the drink driving awareness course. My ban was up in 2013.I've never received anything from dvla and I want my license back. Not sure how I go about it? I can't find any paperwork regrading the licence I was banned on.it was a provisional licence that I applied for at 17 that I was banned on. Any help would be great. Many thanks

Our Response:
Contact the DVLA - they will advise you which form to use (it's probably D27 but may be D1 as you don't already possess a full licence). The DVLA can be contacted on: 0300 790 6801, Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm or Saturday, 8am to 2pm
YourDrivingLicence - 4-Apr-18 @ 11:45 AM
i got an 18 month ban in dec 2016 and my ban is up in 2 months. should I wait for the forms to come through my door? or could I apply for my licence now?
sillybilly - 4-Apr-18 @ 2:19 AM
I was banned for 32 months for drink driving. I paid and completed the drink driving awareness course. My ban was up in 2013..I've never received anything from dvla and I want my license back. Not sure how I go about it? Ican't find any paperwork regrading the licence I was banned on..it was a provisional licence that I applied for at 17 that I was bannedon. Any help would be great. Many thanks
moans - 1-Apr-18 @ 3:58 PM
Hi, The court mad a mistake with when i was to get license back so i never got any notification to re apply. I sent a D1 and fee away at the beginning of this week but my disqualification ends in 10 days. will i have to wait until i recieve new license in the post or can i drive as soon as they recieve the application?
max - 30-Mar-18 @ 2:32 PM
Poppy - Your Question:
Hi, my husband was band from driving for 5 years, and was told he would have to resit, but now he has received a D27P form from the DVLA saying he can drive again in May but says nothing about having to resit a driving test, so is it OK for him to drive after he receives his licence back?

Our Response:
He should complete and return the form. The DVLA will then get back to him with information about whether he needs a test re-sit or medical etc.
YourDrivingLicence - 26-Mar-18 @ 11:10 AM
Hi, my husband was band from driving for 5 years, and was told he would have to resit, but now he has received a D27P form from the DVLA saying he can drive again in May but says nothing about having to resit a driving test, so is it OK for him to drive after he receives his licence back?.
Poppy - 23-Mar-18 @ 1:27 PM
I was banned for speeding for 5 months. Ban expired 12/03/18. I have sent my application D1 Form off to DVLA, can I drive while I wait on my licence?
Squidge - 14-Mar-18 @ 8:58 PM
Mandy- Your Question:
If just been banned for 6 months for totting up too many points during a 3 year period. I was unknowingly driving with no insurance. The court didn't say I had to retake my test but that I would have to contact the DVLA to get it back. Will I have to retake my test before I can drive again??

Our Response:
If you weren't told by the court that you would have to re-take your test, then you probably won't have to. You should just receive a renewal reminder from the DVLA shortly before the ban is up.
YourDrivingLicence - 13-Mar-18 @ 11:00 AM
If just been banned for 6 months for totting up too many points during a 3 year period. I was unknowingly driving with no insurance. The court didn't say I had to retake my test but that I would have to contact the DVLA to get it back. Will I have to retake my test before I can drive again??
Mandy - 10-Mar-18 @ 9:19 AM
Shammi - Your Question:
My husband received a ban for 30 days from court for speeding on 14th Feb 2018. His ban finishes on the 16th March 2018. What are the precedures. Please let me know. How will he get his licence back

Our Response:
As detailed in the above article:
"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 at the time, 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."
YourDrivingLicence - 7-Mar-18 @ 11:24 AM
Hi, I had a 12 month driving ban for drug driving and have under two weeks left to serve however, I have received my renewal driving license early does this mean it is ok for me to start driving again or do I wait?
Hatcha - 6-Mar-18 @ 11:27 PM
Jimjam - Your Question:
Hi my partner was disqauled for 2 years in July 2016 and given a DR30, looking at his driving record online he also has a tt99 which was added 5 months AFTER his disqualification, is this possible? Will he need to reapply for his licence n resit his test or does he get it back after the disqual is up in July?

Our Response:
Sometimes it takes a while for points/bans to be added by the DVLA but five months does sound a long time. The court will usually advise whethera test re-take will be necessary at the time of the ban. Ask the court or DVLA for details if you don't have them.
YourDrivingLicence - 6-Mar-18 @ 2:12 PM
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