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How to Get Your Driving Licence Back After Disqualification

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 30 May 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Once your driving licence has been revoked you are no longer legally allowed to drive any vehicle and if you are caught in charge of a vehicle during this period of disqualification you could be subject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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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
I have already put comments in not taken me seriously
Spike - 9-Oct-19 @ 1:13 AM
I lost my licence due to stupidity a lot of years ago and I am wondering if I can re apply and how much it will cost
Spike - 9-Oct-19 @ 1:11 AM
I lost my license in Januaryfor 3 monthsand pay the fine in monthlyinstalments. My last instalment is in October. Do I get my license sentback to me automatically
Boydie - 28-Sep-19 @ 3:29 PM
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
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