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What Happens If Your Driving Licence is Seized?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 23 Oct 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.

What happens if you have your driver's licence seized? Does it mean you can no longer drive?

I was caught for driving whilst on the phone and unfortunately didn't turn up at the police station within 7 days to show my documents.

I have now been in and they took my licence but didn't tell me what that meant or anything. This offence will give me 6 points (I have been driving for 6 years).

Please advise?

(VB, 1 February 2009)

A.

If you are caught committing a driving offence, the police have the power to order you to stop and pull over. You are legally obliged to do so, and it is actually illegal to continue driving after the police have indicated that you should stop your vehicle and pull over. Once you have done so, you will be asked to show certain important documents, which will usually include your driving licence, insurance certificate and Vehicle Registration document. You may also be asked to present your vehicle's valid MOT certificate. If you do not have these documents with you at the time, you will be asked to take them to a police station within seven days. A letter will usually be sent to you confirming the documents that you need to present.

What Happens If I Don't Present The Documents Within Seven Days?

If you do not present the relevant documents at a police station within seven days of being ordered to do so, it can result in your driving licence being revoked. Clocking up six penalty points within the first two years of passing your practical driving test will almost definitely lead to your driving licence being taken away under the New Drivers Act. If this happens, you will need to reapply for a provisional driving licence and retake both your theory test and your practical driving test before you are allowed to continue driving.

What To Do If Your Driving Licence Is Taken Away

If your driving licence has been revoked by the DVLA, they will usually send you a letter which will confirm that you cannot legally drive without getting into severe trouble. The letter will also usually offer the option to appeal the decision to revoke your driving licence, which will involve writing to the DVLA to state your intention. Even if you do intend to appeal, you must still send your driving licence to the DVLA or risk having the police collect it from you on their behalf.

If your driving licence was seized by the police, you can contact the Clerk to the Justices of the court covering the area in which the incident(for which your driving licence has now been taken away) took place. This will not necessarily guarantee that your driving licence will be returned to you.

If your driving licence will not be returned to you, you may have to apply for a new one, paying the fee as you would for a first licence.

Be aware that not having a valid driving licence will often mean that your insurance is invalid and you are no longer legally insured. Technically speaking, your car can be then seized under the Road Traffic Act.

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Robbop - Your Question:
I was banded from driving for two years. This is over ten years ago. I've recently tried to apply for a provisional Leicence has was told would have to resist my test now. I've tried to apply on three occasions and keep telling me I'm completing the wrong forms. I've asked DVLA to send correct form and always send the same one as sent them previously and changed me part payment to process application the get another letter to say it's the form again. I'm confused and really would appreciate if anyone know how I could resolve this. I phoned dvla and every time say we will send a form out it's always the same one.

Our Response:
Is it the form D1 that you've been sent? This is the form, we'd expect you to have to complete for a provisional licence. See this page for more information.
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Kris - Your Question:
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YourDrivingLicence - 5-Jul-17 @ 10:22 AM
This is a little bit off subject, but I passed my test in 2003, I was banned for drink driving in 2008, but after my ban I never applied for my licence back due to not needing it, I've finally done it this year in 2017, So my question is when insuring a car from now on and I'm asked" how long have I held a licence for" do I say 14years because that's when I passed my test or do I say less then a year because I've only just received it back after 9 years without it
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