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Surrendering Your Driver's Licence

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 10 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Surrendering Your Licence Dvla

You will have to surrender your driving licence if you have received a driving ban (otherwise known as a disqualification) or if you suffer from an illness or condition which makes it difficult for you to drive safely. If you receive a driving ban you will have done so because you have either exceeded the maximum number of penalty points or been disqualified for a serious motoring offence.

Failure to surrender your licence for either of the above reasons DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) constitutes a criminal offence in itself. It is not unknown for individuals to break the law further by continuing to drive after disqualified. This serious offence can lead to a prison sentence.

Losing Your Licence

The maximum number of points any one can have on their licence is twelve, after which an automatic disqualification is issued. Failure to relinquish your licence after such a ban is a criminal offence. The length of the ban depends on the time period during which you receive you points under what's called the 'totting up' system. Here's what the Government says:

Generally, you can be disqualified from driving for:

  • Six months if you get 12 penalty points or more within three years
  • Twelve months if you get a second disqualification within three years
  • Two years if you get a third disqualification

Serious Motoring Offences

If you are caught committing a serious motoring offence you may also be disqualified by the courts. Drink Driving comes with a mandatory disqualification. Other offences that might result in immediate disqualification include: inconsiderate driving; unauthorised off-road driving of cars and driving without the appropriate licence or insurance.

Surrendering your Licence on Medical Grounds

It may become necessary to surrender your driving licence on the basis of ill health and it is better to do so rather than risk trying to drive if medically unfit to do so. There a several obvious Medical Conditions that may affect your ability to drive safely.

If your doctor informs you that you should not be driving because of ill health then you should voluntarily surrender your licence to the DVLA who will then cancel it without the need to make enquiries about your medical condition from your GP.

Failure to surrender your licence if you are unfit to drive, may result in the DVLA revoking your licence if such enquiries are made and it is found that you have not declared them.

If you wish to surrender your licence on the basis of ill-health you can download the necessary form - VOC99 - from the DVLA website or pick one up from a local post office. If you're no longer driving you may wish to cancel your car insurance policy - sending a copy of this completed form to insurance company may help with this.

Re-Applying for your Licence

If your circumstances change and the bout of ill-health you have suffered has past then you may apply to have your licence reinstated. You will have to contact your doctor and get some proof that he/she considers you fit to drive. You can apply to have your licence reinstated by completing the form D1 and a medical questionnaire.

Whilst re-applying for your licence you can legally drive on the roads once your application has been received by the DVLA. This can be done under section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. There are some exceptions to this: you must not have been disqualified from driving when your licence was surrendered and your licence must not have been revoked for failure to declare a medical condition.

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Connor simpson - Your Question:
I passed my drivers test in 2014 but in early 2015 I had a isolated collapse none driving related at my doctors. I sureened my liscence for a medical investigation was cleared and got my liscence back. However I have been interested in becoming a driving instructor and they need to have a liscence for 4 years. I passed my test in 2014 but my liscence was sent back in 2015. Does surrending my liscemce effect how long ive had a driving liscence since I had technically had it since 2014??

Our Response:
It's probably better to ask the company you're planning on applying to work with what their policy is on this. They're likely to be more interested in the driving experience you've had.
YourDrivingLicence - 13-Nov-17 @ 10:45 AM
I passed my drivers test in 2014 but in early 2015 i had a isolated collapse none driving related at my doctors. I sureened my liscence for a medical investigation was cleared and got my liscence back. However i have been interested in becoming a driving instructor and they need to have a liscence for 4 years. I passed my test in 2014 but my liscence was sent back in 2015.Does surrending my liscemce effect how long ive had a driving liscence since i had technically had it since 2014??
Connor simpson - 10-Nov-17 @ 9:23 AM
Marie - Your Question:
I have surrendered my license due to a seizure.my husband is a named driver on my insurance is he still covered to drive

Our Response:
Call your insurer to check their policy on this.
YourDrivingLicence - 6-Sep-17 @ 12:21 PM
I have surrendered my license due to a seizure.my husband is a named driver on my insurance is he still covered to drive
Marie - 4-Sep-17 @ 4:13 PM
My husband surrendered his driving licence in November last year due to illness, can he sit in the passenger seat whilst my daughter is learning to drive
Melly - 26-Jul-17 @ 8:18 PM
melhar20 - Your Question:
My partner had to surrender his driving licence in January 2016 after a seizure at work (his one and only seizure), not driving related in any way, he has now been told he can reapply for his licence and must visit a DVLA approved doctor at Ludlow hospital for a blood test and medical. However, we now live in France and do not have any means of getting back to the UK within the time scale set out by the DVLA for him to re-apply for his licence.Do you know if it is possible to visit a doctor in a foreign country to get this blood test done and then the results sent to the DVLA ? Obviously he is desparate for his licence to be re instated as he needs it now to find work.

Our Response:
You should contact the DVLA and ask them this really.
YourDrivingLicence - 6-Apr-17 @ 12:34 PM
My partner had to surrender his driving licence in January 2016 after a seizure at work (his one and only seizure), not driving related in any way, he has now been told he can reapply for his licence and must visit a DVLA approved doctor at Ludlow hospital for a blood test and medical.However, we now live in France and do not have any means of getting back to the UK within the time scale set out by the DVLA for him to re-apply for his licence. Do you know if it is possible to visit a doctor in a foreign country to get this blood test done and then the results sent to the DVLA ?Obviously he is desparate for his licence to be re instated as he needs it now to find work.
melhar20 - 5-Apr-17 @ 12:36 PM
Confused- Your Question:
I just received a single Justice procedure notice because it says that the requirements of a fixed penalty charge are that I surrendered my license. When I called the DVLA I was told I didn't have to. I don't understand why am now being charged can you advise further? Thank you

Our Response:
If you receive points (through a fixed penalty or other means), you must surrender your licence.
YourDrivingLicence - 15-Mar-17 @ 12:28 PM
I just received a single Justice procedure notice because it says that the requirements of a fixed penalty charge are that I surrendered my license. When I called the DVLA I was told I didn't have to. I don't understand why am now being charged can you advise further? Thank you
Confused - 13-Mar-17 @ 2:05 PM
@paulgarb. We imagine if you surrendered the licence yourself on medical grounds then it's best not to drive until your new licence is obtained.
YourDrivingLicence - 14-Jul-15 @ 2:31 PM
I surrendered my driving licence on medical grounds last year following the advice of my consultant and this page. The medical advice not to drive was, as I understand it, purely precautionary until the treatment was conducted and checked. As I have now been pronounced 'clear' by consultant I am in the process of re-applying and have received a letter that implies I may be able to drive while the application in in process. I meet the all the other criteria listed in the letter I got from the DVLA (accompanying form B1) and have only one question. The medical criterion is "Your last licence must not have been revoked or refused for medical reasons" - since I surrendered my licence voluntarily am I correct in thinking that I will be able to drive during the period while you are processing the application?
paulgarb - 10-Jul-15 @ 7:42 AM
@Lofty. We're sorry to hear about your wife. You will need to send her driving licence (and vehicle reg docs if relevant) to the DVLA with a letter explaining that she has died. Include her full name, address and date of birth together with the date she died and details of your relationship to her. Do not send the death certificate though.
The address is: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB
YourDrivingLicence - 8-Sep-14 @ 10:28 AM
My Wife died last week ,how do I cancel Her driving licence?
Lofty - 4-Sep-14 @ 7:33 PM
I voluntarily surrendered my licence on medical grounds, around eighteen months ago with no endorsements on it in the past thirty years of driving. Since then I have asked my Oncologist whether or not I may reapply for it again as I've simply had enough of waiting for public transport, lifts - though much appreciated, or taxis and would love the freedom I used to have. I wasn't expecting much luck, so imagine my surprise when she told me that, due to my particular condition, I would have to wait a period of two years since my last seizure (again, about eighteen months ago). Which has now got me all excited. Although, after two years away from the wheel, I would be foolish not to take some refresher lessons, will the DVLA insist I take a retest before they reissue me one? Your cooperation is much appreciated.
Stuartb - 6-Aug-14 @ 9:26 AM
@Rafarhbarb. Even if you have not actually submitted the forms to surrender your licence, you have alerted the DVLA to your medical status. They may therefore require evidence that you are genuinely fine to continue holding your licence - you will need to get in touch with them directly.
YourDrivingLicence - 5-Aug-14 @ 10:44 AM
I have verbally surrended my licence and I'm waiting for the forms, in the meantime my illness has improved and I feel I am ok to drive, can I?
Rafarhbarb - 2-Aug-14 @ 10:11 AM
@Floss. She could always simply stop driving. She does not necessarily have to surrender her licence. If she does, there is a form: Declaration of Voluntary surrender available on the government website here
YourDrivingLicence - 17-Jul-14 @ 2:33 PM
My mother wishes to surrender her licence due to her age and no longer feeling safe to drive.Is there a form for non medical grounds, for surrender of licence?
Floss - 17-Jul-14 @ 8:40 AM
I have retired and no longer need my hgv licence do I have to notify dvla
windy - 6-Jul-14 @ 10:51 AM
how do I get a form to surrender my licence on medical grounds
DARKY - 24-Jun-14 @ 10:03 PM
Hi Kathy. You can keep your driving licence until it expires, there's no need to surrender it because you don't use it. It is sometimes a useful means of identification if nothing else. If you want to surrender it for medical reasons, you need to use the form: Declaration of Voluntary Surrender which can be found on the government website:here.
YourDrivingLicence - 2-Jun-14 @ 12:22 PM
What form is required to voluntarily surrender my driving License. I no longer have a reason to drive. Thank You.
Kathy - 2-Jun-14 @ 11:31 AM
My drivers license is suspended for some years to come. I am considering surrendering my license, for car insurance reasons. Is it difficult to retrieve my license when the time comes to drive again? Is there some con to the decision to surrender? Downfalls?
Gabriel - 5-Nov-13 @ 12:03 AM
My Father wishes to surrender his driving licence as he no longer feels safe driving, the form I have found is for medical reasons is there a form on line for just wanting to give up driving. Kind Regards Pat Johnson
pattie - 22-Apr-13 @ 11:17 AM
I am a Singaporean have been a regular visitor to UK since my daughter started school here in 2009 staying up to 2 months each time.During my time in UK I have always rented a car to move around. Would I need to exchange my Singapore licence for a British one in order to continue driving in UK?
Asda - 31-Oct-12 @ 8:10 PM
Does somebody have to surrender their driving license if they no longer live in the UK?
coastal - 30-Sep-12 @ 4:01 AM
Isold my car in November 2011 as I no longer feel safe driving and my reactions to traffic conditions are not as good as they should be.I therefor want to submit my licence. How do I go about doing this?
BobH - 26-Jan-12 @ 5:02 PM
I am returning to the UK after living in Europe. How can I get my old UK drivers licence back that was exchanged for my present Cyprus driving licence.
Gilly-M - 25-Jun-11 @ 8:54 AM
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