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Receiving a Driving Ban

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 25 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Driving Ban Disqualification Penalty

A driving ban - or disqualification - is normally issued after an individual contravenes the conditions of their driving licence or amasses a significant number of penalty points within a set period of time. The length of the ban depends on the severity of the offence and the decision of the courts.

A driving ban means that a driver who has been disqualified from driving may not - for a period of time - drive any vehicle for any reason, under any circumstances. Driving while disqualified is a criminal offence and can lead to further prosecution including a prison sentence.

Penalty Points

Penalty points - or Endorsements - are added to a driver's licence if he or she is caught breaking the law whilst in charge of a vehicle.

Penalty points are awarded for any of the following:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drink or drugs
  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident
  • Driving without a licence
  • Driving without due care and attention
  • Driving a vehicle with defective brakes
  • Making false statements about health whilst applying for a licence
  • Using a hand-held mobile telephone whilst driving

This is not an exhaustive list, there are many other reasons why an individual may have points added to their licence, but these are among the most common.

Losing your Licence

If you reach the maximum number of penalty points that can be added to your licence - currently twelve - then the likelihood is that you will have your licence revoked and you will receive a driving ban.

If you do lose your licence you will be required by law to appear before a magistrate at which time you will be given the opportunity to speak for yourself and allow legal representation to take place. Again there is no guarantee that having legal representation will result in escaping a ban but for peace of mind it is certainly best to have a solicitor present at any such hearing

How Long do Penalty Points Last?

Endorsements and their corresponding penalty points can remain on your licence for anything up to eleven years depending on the motoring offence that was committed in order for you to receive them. If you were arrested for driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if you caused the death of another person because of reckless driving (either as a result of driving without due care or attention or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs) then these penalty points will remain on your licence for the full eleven years.

It is possible after the third year to apply to the court to have the ban removed but it is at their discretion. If they feel there are sufficient grounds for continuing with the ban then they will keep it in place

Getting your Licence back

You can apply to have your licence reinstated after the period of the ban has expired but only after you have taken your driving and theory tests again.

You may also find that, as a result of disqualification, any future insurance policies you take will cost considerably more as you'll be seen as a higher risk

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I have 9 points on my licence and have now got a summonds to appear in court for speeding. However 3 of these points will be over 3 years old by the time I go to court. So I will only have 6 points at the time I go to court. Will I still be banned under the topping up process or will I escape the ban? Stevey
Stevey - 25-Oct-18 @ 6:12 PM
Only had a provisional licence and got ban fordrink driving in 2004 the ban ended in 2006 , I haven't applied for a new provisional until now,why do I have to pay £34 for new provisional and £56 for I don't know what , beforeI get issued with a new provisional,it's only for a 50cc scooter. Please help !
Lisab - 22-Oct-18 @ 5:46 PM
Hi I have just received 2 speeding tickets within 4 days of each other. I already have 3 points. What is likely to be the outcome?
Blondie - 11-Oct-18 @ 8:54 PM
Hi. I had got disqualified for dangerous driving hence the court gave me 12 months ban, I looked over onto my licence check with dvla and it all came clear every time the check would go through. During the disqualification period, I moved house and hence transferred all my details to the new address and obviously the licence too so I received the new addressed licence still under my name and clean full UK drivers licence. As soon as my disqualification period ended, the licence check came up as disqualified and the relevant info that comes along. The solicitors did say that when the disqualification ends, I will have to take a extended test but will that mean that I wouldn't have to apply for a new licence and take the theory and practical test again but take a extended driving practical test to prove being a safe driver? A little confused on what's happened here with this dilemma over my brain. Much appreciate your help and advise.
Jeff - 30-Sep-18 @ 4:43 PM
I had 8 points and stopped for in10 have had a tt99 for 6monthsas totted up more than 12points. I have reapplied for my licence after the 6months however it is showing the tt99 and 16points . Is this correct or should the points be removed and just the TT99 to show.? thank you ..
Al - 12-Sep-18 @ 1:15 AM
I got in a accident a few weeks back,no o e got hurt our involved apart from me I been done for drink driving,ban for 16 months with the drink driving course will reduce my sentence for 16 weeks of the 16months,been told need to apply for a new licence just want to now if I need to redo my theory test and driving test again? Our how does it work any information could help Thanks in advance
Slb - 6-Sep-18 @ 1:09 PM
Hi just looking some advice I am resident in Northern Ireland with new style licence caught speeding at 98mph in a 60mph have to appear in Scotland where offence comitted never caught for speeding or any motoring offence driving 31 years any ideas if I will be banned need my licence for my work really worried if banned in Scotland can I still drive in n Ireland any help appreciated have just today got a solicitor on board
Dave - 28-Aug-18 @ 10:30 PM
Jaff- Your Question:
Hi. I was ban for 6 month and ban has expired now. Just want to ask does the license number remain the same or it’ll get changed. Coz I want to open an insurance policy as DVLA has sent me a letter that I’ll receive my license within 2weeks. But need my license number to insur my vehicle??

Our Response:
Yes it stays the same.
YourDrivingLicence - 28-Aug-18 @ 11:16 AM
Hi. I was ban for 6 month and ban has expired now. Just want to ask does the license number remain the same or it’ll get changed. Coz I want to open an insurance policy as DVLA has sent me a letter that I’ll receive my license within 2weeks. But need my license number to insur my vehicle??
Jaff - 27-Aug-18 @ 11:49 AM
Hi I got banned when I was 18 I am now 22 and I want to do my test in a friends car how do I go about covering myself on insurance as I have seen insurance companies won’t insure a provisional holder who has been banned in the last 5 years
Will - 15-Jul-18 @ 6:49 PM
Badger - Your Question:
I went to court last week and the judge gave me 6 months ban. But as I have checked on the DVLA websites the points are there but it says I have a full driving licence. I don't no what to do. Will I get stopped as it says a licence or will I get into trouble for driving?

Our Response:
If the judge gave you a ban then you have a ban. Contact the DVLA if the information they have is incorrect.
YourDrivingLicence - 11-May-18 @ 12:43 PM
I went to court last week and the judge gave me 6 months ban. But as I have checked on the DVLA websites the points are there but it says I have a full driving licence. I don't no what to do. Will I get stopped as it says a licence or will I get into trouble for driving?
Badger - 9-May-18 @ 9:40 PM
Bingo - Your Question:
My husband received a 2 year driving ban approx 6 years ago for dangerous driving.The court ordered he should re sit his test to obtain his licence back.He has not driven since this happened.Upon checking his licence details on the DVLA website it shows his license as no penalty points as they have expired.Is he still classed as a dissqualified driver until he applies for his provisional and re sits his test or for example if he were to get in a car now and drive and was stopped by the police would he be classed as driving whilst dissqualified or driving without a licence?

Our Response:
If the court ordered a retest prior to getting his licence back, that is what he should do before driving - he should also make sure he has his licence before driving.
YourDrivingLicence - 6-Feb-18 @ 2:27 PM
My husband received a 2 year driving ban approx 6 years ago for dangerous driving.The court ordered he should re sit his test to obtain his licence back.He has not driven since this happened.Upon checking his licence details on the DVLA website it shows his license as no penalty points as they have expired.Is he still classed as a dissqualified driver until he applies for his provisional and re sits his test or for example if he were to get in a car now and drive and was stopped by the police would he be classed as driving whilst dissqualified or driving without a licence?
Bingo - 5-Feb-18 @ 6:43 PM
Ish - Your Question:
I got banned 13 year ago for 1 year for drink driving ive waited 13 year to resit my test and ive just got insured and sent a code from dvla my insurer have said ive had my license for 13 year what shall I do

Our Response:
Were you ordered to re-sit your test after the ban? Or was the ban simply for 12 months etc?
YourDrivingLicence - 4-Sep-17 @ 11:06 AM
I got banned 13 year ago for 1 year for drink driving ive waited 13 year to resit my test and ive just got insured and sent a code from dvla my insurer have said ive had my license for 13 year what shall i do
Ish - 28-Aug-17 @ 7:53 PM
Hi I've been banned for 3 year its due in november 2017 if i get a d27 56 days before this and i get my provisional license back before this can i then drive as a learner driver until my ban officially ends?
Meeky - 13-May-17 @ 7:18 PM
Hi guys, I am wondering what would happen if I am foreign, but from EU country. I got lost driving licence in my country and I moved over here. I still have m,y driving licence on me. I assume that the judgement is valid on the soil of the country which issued that judgement, so I can normally drive in another country of EU. But the question is. If the licence is not valid in my country and I would like to change it for UK one, will DVLA find out that this licence is not valid/taken from me? As they should issue UK one within 3 weeks from the date a form D1 is sent but in my country the appropriate institution has 28working days excluding weekends to respond. Is there any kind of joint registry they have access to where they can look? Can anyone answer my question? Thanks
Krakatoa - 20-Aug-14 @ 4:37 PM
Hi guys I got a driving ban for a theft matter. The judge dealing with my case was a district judge as we all know they are kind of strict.anyway I got done for theft and the judge felt I used my car as an accessory to commit this crime so he gave me a discretionery ban.for 1×bilking(drive of without paying for fuel and 1×theft of car number plates. So I got £830 fine including court cost compensation for the victimand I ran a trial I also got 18 weeks suspended for 18 months 8 weeks tag(home detention curfew and a 6 month driving ban i spoke to my solicetor to appeal only for my licence because my wife suffers from paranoia anxiaty attacks deppression and she cant leave the house use public transport or walkways and she regulary needs to attend hospital and clinic appointments on regular basis my doctor has givin me a letter to support my appeal to reinstste my licence on compassonate grounds.can someone give me any opinions on this whether the have been through this or know some.thanks guys
kads - 5-Aug-14 @ 1:19 AM
i was baned for driving for three months to give me time to get my full lience i moved to another country and passed my driving test in 2001 now i have moved back here 2014 and was told i am disquilfied from driving i am not allowed to drive untill the judge gets the memo from the courts that gave methe ban they say i could have to take a driving test here or i could be fined or sentenced does any one know any thing about this kind of thing
primrose - 9-Jul-14 @ 12:41 PM
I got a driving ban for driving without insurance.for 2 years.how can i find out when my ban is up.i cant remember the court date
muchy - 7-Apr-14 @ 1:43 PM
I am 37 and two yearsago i lost my licence due to drink driving, this site says i have to re-take my test? but i was under the impression thats just for new drivers, i have been driving for twenty years and made one mistake.
pack - 28-Sep-13 @ 7:39 AM
I got disqualified from driving in the first 2 years of me passing my test, I drove whilst on a ban and received 8 penalty points, I have been sent a renwal form,do I have 2 resit my driving test again as I was never informed 2 do so ?
vicky - 3-Jul-12 @ 4:32 AM
Hi, can anyone help with my question: my husband, who drives REALLY well has just told me that he received a two year UK ban in the 1980s for driving without a licence.Since then, he has NEVER applied for a driving licence and now wants to, I'm worried he'll be banned for two years from when he gets it.Does anyone out there know if this is the case?
annoyed wife - 29-Jun-12 @ 6:45 AM
I had a 1 year ban 6 years ago for dangerous driving I was told I was to take an extended test and a theory test. after such a long time has gone by will I still need to take the extended test now.
grimly - 8-Jun-12 @ 11:49 PM
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