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Receiving a Driving Ban

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 12 Jun 2021 | 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 been banned from driving but have a penalty notice that I received before the ban. What happens to this ?
SarahB - 12-Jun-21 @ 11:02 AM
i have recieved a driving ban and have received other offences which happened before the driving ban. will my points just 'tot up' or will I get a separate driving ban?
a u - 11-Mar-21 @ 3:59 PM
Hey, I got caught driving without a licence and wrong insurance as a learner driver. The police officer said I would get a letter to declare I had 9 points but I still haven’t got the letter 3 months later. What do you think the punishment will be and when will I get the letter?
Lovey1234 - 22-Dec-20 @ 3:04 PM
Got my licence back today after being banned for 14 months. I passed my driving test in 2015. What do I put on the insurance question “How long have you held your licence for?”
O - 20-Nov-20 @ 8:48 AM
I’ve been caught driving my mates car while she was in the car . I have no licence as I have the test in a months time . But she did say she has third party comprehensive insurance . (I don’t know if it covers me or not ) but I told the guy I had no insurance because I was unaware of the information till later. I drive according to the law . And my question is what will be the consequences ? Like how much would the fine be? How many points ? And will I receive a ban ?
Seb - 15-Nov-20 @ 2:25 AM
I was given 6 points about 2 years ago, paid the fine and heard no more. I'd been driving 2 weeks under 2 years at that point. I was pulled and given 6 points in oct 2019 under totting up given 6 month ban. Paid fine, served ban. I applied for return of licence and dvla now say I have to retest under new driver law for initial offence. However the court paperwork for totting up only mentions the 2 offences I was given points for and gives no additional punishment to the 6 month ban. All I've read says the totting up ban wipes points and priors from my licence and replaces them with a tt99 code. Does this mean the dvla are operating contrary to a court order? Does the tt99 clear all priors thus negating retest requirements? Please help
bigDave - 30-Oct-20 @ 10:09 AM
What happens when I've been banned for 13 yearsfor drink drivingDavid
None - 27-Sep-20 @ 1:34 PM
I was banned 13 years ago for drink driving what do expect to to get my license back
None - 27-Sep-20 @ 1:30 PM
hi, my disqualification end date is 25th September 2020, my new licence has been issued can I drive on the 25th or do I need to wait untill the 26th
Gray1188 - 16-Sep-20 @ 7:00 PM
I got a letter of where to send my License off after being caught driving with no insurance however I have lost that letter what is the address I send it off to?
Mw - 27-Jul-20 @ 6:31 PM
I got caught for no liscense or insurance I’ve got a clean provisional but the thing is my driving test is tomorrow before my court date a week later do I not take the test and get the points on the provisional up to 12 or pass my test and risk loosing my fresh license if I do pass
Malj - 27-Jul-20 @ 3:23 PM
I got banned from driving my ban ends today 3rd and iv also got my profivilan has I never sent it back so can I drive today longs iv got some ones past 3nyears and over 21??
Bruc3fitty - 3-Jun-20 @ 12:37 AM
I was disqualified until The 17th June 2020, sent new application to DVLA27th April 2020 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.
Fredbarns - 11-May-20 @ 12:31 PM
I've passed my driving test a year ago. I got arrested for drink driving earlier this year. What will be the out come at court? Will my licence get revoked? I know am expecting a ban. My breath test was 81.
Sara - 28-Apr-20 @ 4:38 PM
I got banned from driving for totting up. Had 6 points for no insurance then got caught on my phone. So got 6 points and a 6 month ban. Will I have afresh licence when I get it back or will there be 12 points
Chic - 10-Apr-20 @ 1:07 AM
Shelly,22 months seems a little harsh what was you reading..........you need to get you car of the public highway,cancel your tax and insurance but carry on with the finance if your not selling the car..you will recieve a d27 form 56 or90 days before your ban ends to reapply for you licence,and you may be asked to complete a dvla medical.hope this helps.
Neebob - 30-Mar-20 @ 11:49 AM
I have been banned for 22 months. Drug driving. Not on drugs when driving but they were in system two days later. What do I do? My car on finance only since October. Do I need to let them know? Do I just keep paying car & Insurance?
Shelly - 8-Mar-20 @ 5:11 PM
hey been charged with a dui have court next month but ive lost my driving licence will it matter or should i get a replacement
David Sean Mullaney - 4-Mar-20 @ 7:54 PM
Hi i got banned in june 18 for 12months for drug driving first time for anything and i want to know will i get my licence back ot will i have to resit my full test again
Ken - 6-Feb-20 @ 7:17 PM
My partners licence was revoked in 2009 . The licence renewal forms were sent to his old address which he never received . Stupidly he didn't renew his licence unknown to me and now he's in court for speeding and driving with a revoked licence . Anybody have an idea what the outcome in court may be . Thankyou
Ozzie - 21-Jan-20 @ 4:59 PM
I received a driving ban in Sept for 6 months. When can i apply for my license back.
Effie - 21-Dec-19 @ 11:01 PM
I got 6 points in 2018 and just got 6points and fine in 2019. It doesn’t mention a ban though only endorsed with points and fine. Does that mean no ban or would that come separate?
SEZYMACK - 26-Nov-19 @ 10:57 AM
Got 6 points in 2018 and just received 6 points and fine letter for 2019 separate offence it doesn’t mention a ban though even though that adds up to 12 points so do I get a ban separate or is that it? I did explain bad circumstances in the letter.
Sezymack - 26-Nov-19 @ 10:55 AM
My mum died in march 2017 and i got a bit lost. In august i was stopped for no insurance and accepted the fpn and paid. Just been stopped oct 2019 for no insurance ( had it in between) believed it was on vehicle and still had black box installed. Id missed a dd payment not realised. So another fpn. But now told 1st offence was under new driver law so licence revoked ( never told this) also new offence is under 3 years but amasses 12 points so totting up applies. 6 month ban and fine. Can i reduce this ban to say 2 or 3 months with hardship plea? Can i ask if time from offence to court can be considered as car was taken and crushed so not able to drive. Will i be ordered to retake tests as per original revokation? Can i take test under provisional if disqualified?
Bulldog - 14-Nov-19 @ 3:07 PM
Not passed my driving test yet But Disqualified from driving by court 4 4months And Fined £600 Can I do driving lesson till I pass? ????
Santooo - 30-Sep-19 @ 4:11 PM
Speeding fine received in April, making total points 13.Still haven't received a court summons.How long do you normally have to wait before receiving your date to appear beforw the Magiatrate and then ti be given a driving ban? Thank you.
Lolly - 22-Sep-19 @ 12:15 PM
I got charged and convicted for dangerous driving by over taking 2 cars In a van, the car oncoming come speeding towards me and put his car into a field, personal opinion is I had room to move back in if he allowed me, if I was emergency motor I don’t think he would of reacted the way he did. However I believe this should of been charged with careless driving rather than dangerous. I was convicted with 16months ban with community service, first offence and lost my job. Could I appeal against this
Boo - 21-Sep-19 @ 6:57 PM
I went to court and the judge said I am disqualified for 18 months I’ve had my license for 2 years plus before they disqualified me this was for drug driving I was wondering do I get my license back without having to do any test
Pablooooo - 6-Sep-19 @ 12:28 PM
After a ban is finished do the points come off the licence
Pub - 7-Aug-19 @ 11:06 AM
I had 9 points in last 3 yrs, in March speeding 38 on 30 mph average speed as had to take my child to emergency hospital. Got letter from police , explained mitigating circumstances , they still went ahead prosecution. During hearing magistrates didn’t except my special reasons argument nor did they accept mitigating circumstances- they put 3 points total 12 so banned me for 6 months. On the same day went to court office and filled in appeal on sentencing not conviction and asked for urgent hearing to suspend my ban until appeal hearing as if the appellate judge agrees that I have exceptional hardship then it will b injustice to be banned. Today the judge suspended my ban till appeal hearing . I have one short in this otherwise busted so fingers crossed for appeal hearing
KD - 31-Jul-19 @ 5:15 PM
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