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Receiving a Driving Ban

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 7 Aug 2019 | 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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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
I got caught by the police driving my mums car with a learners license, without no L plates and no insurance, I had bumped onto someone’s fence. I am still waiting to go to court and I’m just wondering what’sthe worst thing that can happen?
Gabby - 29-Jul-19 @ 2:48 AM
hi im near the end of a year long ban for a dg10 I had no court fines just a £20 surcharge and I wasn't told about receiving any points in court,also when I received my notice of disqualification it never stated about any pointsdoes this mean I wont have any when my license is returned? thanks
tuckz - 18-Jul-19 @ 3:08 PM
I'm facing a ban been driving 13 months and have received a second speeding ticket, I want to know do the police keep your photo card licence? I need it for ID its the only ID I have I'm applying for a passport and I need photo ID in order to get my passport if I lose the photo card licence I'm screwed
Joby - 11-Jul-19 @ 11:39 PM
I was banned for 1 month on the 24th may my nan ends 23rd June can I drive that dsy
Julie hastilow - 22-Jun-19 @ 9:59 PM
Got 9 points on my licence waiting for summons to go to court but have 3 points due to come off hopefully before the court date which will drop me down to 6 will they still ban me
Griffo - 13-Jun-19 @ 8:29 PM
Oct 4th I had a hearing as I was on 9 points, I was facing conviction for 3 pointswhich would have led to a ban if I could not convince the court of extenuating circumstances. Whilst awaiting the Oct 4th date I received a letter regard another 3 point motoring charge to be held November 27th. At the hearing on Oct 4th I made the magistrate aware that I wished to plea extenuating circumstances, I also made them aware of the November 27th hearing. As a result the magistrate said the two case would be combined. On November27th my plea was unsuccessful, I received a six month ban A recent check on my licence shows that I have two six month bans running concurrently There was no mention of concurrent bans and how could that be correct?. My total points would have been 15 so I need some clarification as to how this would equate to concurrent bans?
Richard - 10-Jun-19 @ 4:48 PM
Hi I got caught driving in my mums car with no insurance after only passed my test 2 months prior, the policewoman got in the car and drove me and my friend home where she told me mum and got my statement and said I would probably receive a fine and have my license revoked but she didn’t take my license off me and I haven’t heard anything since was does this mean it was just over 2 weeks ago?
Ellie22 - 31-May-19 @ 2:04 PM
Hi, I was caught speeding and just got given 6 points. I passed my test nearly 2 years ago. I know 6 points within the first 2 years of driving means having my license taken of off me but was just wandering if there would be any chance that it wouldn’t be revoked. I was also wandering if it does get revoked if I could apply for a provisional straight away or do I have to wait? Thanks in advance
Katiemorgan23 - 7-Apr-19 @ 9:50 PM
I got banned for speeding as i totted up 12 points.got banned for 6 months and got my license back 5 months ago.just got done for speeding again 59 in a 50.my license says i have no points.will i get banned again ?
Matt - 31-Mar-19 @ 8:37 PM
Hi i had a ban about 14 years ago but never applied for it back. Now i would like to get it back, but unfortunatelyi cannot remember my driving licence number. Cant move forward with this. Any comments would be grateful thanks in advance
Teetee - 14-Mar-19 @ 12:55 PM
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
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