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How to Get Your Driving Licence Back After Disqualification

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 6 Apr 2021 | 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Once your driving licence has been revoked you are no longer legally allowed to drive any vehicle and if you are caught in charge of a vehicle during this period of disqualification you could be subject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 lost my provisional for driving with no insurance , over 20 years ago, dpi need to reapply to get it again or renew ??
Donnashute - 6-Apr-21 @ 6:01 PM
I lost my license in 2005 DD should have got it back in 2007 but I never bothered due to being away all the time in the Army now 16 years later I would like to get it back will I have to resit anything to get it back ??
waxy - 5-Apr-21 @ 2:39 PM
Hello I got banned 8 years ago for dd ban is up 6 ago but everytime I try to apply it says not recognised what can I do
Mick - 13-Mar-21 @ 12:52 PM
If I have been banned from driving in Hungary for drink driving for one year and they taken away my license can I still drive in the UK?
Banane1997 - 8-Mar-21 @ 12:36 PM
My ban ov 16 months for drink driving was up 15 yrs ago, I've never drove since, how do i go about it if I want to?
Sue - 16-Nov-20 @ 12:22 AM
Hi, I had my provisional license taken off me about 11 years ago due to a drink driving offence. 2 years ago I successfully re-applied for my provisional and had to take a medical. I was granted a provisional license for a year, however, did not pass my test within this timeframe. My question is, as my provisional license has now run out, will I have to re-do the medical? I have not received any paperwork regarding this. Thanks
Driver - 18-Oct-20 @ 3:12 PM
i lost my licence 20 years ago now , motorcycle licence , i am 63 thinking about getting a bike again , how would i go about getting my licence back
selston - 9-Oct-20 @ 5:01 PM
I got a one year ban but it was for refusing a blood test a blew 0 at roadside breathalyser then again at police station I blew 0 again for no alcohol in my system so they took me to hospital I stupidly knocked bck the blood test as I had cocaine in my system from nite before but when I was convicted at court the court banned me for drink driving and not drug driving which it should have been anyway the ban is finished how do I get license back this was my first ban n last if a can help it any help from you on this matter is really appreciated thanks marco
Marco - 9-Oct-20 @ 11:29 AM
got a totting up ban of 6 months on 9th March 2020, so up on the dvla licence check 2 days ago. No form received so sent in a D1 and cheque on 10 Aug 2020. Now Dvla tell me due to covid(which I get) application hasn't been processed yet! Now been nearly 5.5 weeks. I've asked under what law they have the right to increase my court mandated ban by not returning my licence and was told they are not there to discuss the law!! They won't allow you to apply online, it costs you more and you get shafted even further it seems!!
bulldog - 10-Sep-20 @ 2:28 PM
And if you haven’t heard anything..phone them there’s loads of numbers you can try. My experience if you can’t get anyone on the line in the menu you want..just get anybody from any department (as long as it’s a human being on the phone working in the dvla and not an answering machine) Just get them to put you through to the department your looking for.Failing that apply online.Write to them again.Do all 3 at once ?
Marc - 2-Sep-20 @ 12:03 PM
NO. YOU CANNOT DRIVE even if your ban has expired.You do not have a driving licence!!.If you get pulled over you WILL be charged with no licence or insurance and you vehicle WILL be pounded.£150 plus £20 for everyday it’s there. You have to apply for your licence back.The quickest way to get a response is doing it online.You just have to be patient.If your ban is up and you have applied but still haven’t heard anything..then you cannot drive.ONLY when you are in possession of your actual card with confirmation from dvla and a triple check of your licence status online..only then you can drive again.That doesn’t count if you just kept your card throughout your ban. So to recap:if you’ve been disqualified but your ban is now up but you don’t have your licence back..then sorry but you do not have a licence!You have no licence but you don’t have to take another test you have to apply for it. If you’ve been ordered to retake an extended driving test: when your ban is up you are starting again from nothing.So provisional,theory again then your extended (70min) driving test.Good luck. Everything is messed up with everything going on it is what it is.2020 what a write off
Marc - 2-Sep-20 @ 11:55 AM
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
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