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Disqualification From Driving

You can be banned from driving if you:
  • Are convicted of a driving offence

  • Get 12 or more points on your licence within 3 years

If you receive a disqualification from driving, you will receive a summons in the post which tells you that you must go to court.


How Long Do Driving Bans Last?

Based on the seriousness of the offence, the court will decide on how long your ban will last. If you have 12 or more penalty points you could be disqualified for:
  • 6 months if you receive 12 penalty points or more within 3 years

  • 12 months if you receive a 2nd disqualification within 3 years

  • 2 years if you receive a 3rd disqualification

If you have been disqualified for 56 days or more you must apply for a new licence before you decide to drive again. The court can also decide as to whether you will need to take your driving test again or even an extended driving test before you receive your new licence.

Those who have been disqualified for less than 56 days will receive a stamp by the court on their paper driving licence or counterpart document. This is called a 'short period disqualification'. You will not need to renew your licence. The stamp will show the period of your disqualification. You may then use the same licence again once the ban has ended.


How We Can Help You

Our road traffic specialists have an extremely good record of successfully arguing why you should be allowed to drive again. Careful case preparation and presentation is essential. Through experience we know what factors the court will, and will not take into account. We strongly recommend you obtain expert advice and assistance.
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Early Return Of Driving Licence

If you have been a disqualified driver for a lengthy period of time, an application can be made to the Court that sentenced you to remove the period of disqualification early. The application must be made in court and not in writing.

An early return of driving license can be made:
  • if disqualified for less than 4 years, you have to wait 2 years to make the application
  • if less than 10 years, but not less by 4, have to wait one half of the period of disqualification
  • 5 years in other cases
It is essential that an application for the early return of a driving license is made correctly, for if your application is unsuccessful, you would be prevented from making another application within 3 months, and any attempts made after that would add further detriment to your case.

Under conditions contained within section 42 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 the Court will likely take in to account various criteria including your character and conduct following the conviction, the circumstances of the offence surrounding the original disqualification, and possibly any other extenuating circumstances that are causing significant hardship to your family or employment status.