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How Long Does an Offence Remain on Your Licence?

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 18 Apr 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Motoring Offences Infringements Penalty

Many motoring offences in the UK are referred to as ‘endorsable offences’. This means that if you commit one of these infringements then your driving licence can be endorsed with the appropriate number of Penalty Points. The type of offence this usually refers to are those that occur on the road – speeding, Running a Red Light, etc, while non-endorsable offences are generally considered to be those that pose less of a threat to other road users, such as parking offences.

If you have been found guilty of committing an endorsable motoring offence, you will have to send off your driving licence in order to have the appropriate number of penalty points added onto to it.

How Long Do I Have to Have the Penalty Points Showing on my Licence?

Any penalty points incurred are valid from a 3 year period from the date the conviction was given, but must stay on the licence for an additional twelve months, so a total of 4 years.

I’ve Heard That Points Can End up Being ‘Totted Up’. What Does This Mean?

The number of penalty points given for an offence will depend on the severity and nature of the infringement committed. For minor offences, there is a minimum of 2 points that can be awarded, where other offences carry a range of points that will let a presiding Magistrate choose what they think is an appropriate punishment, once they have looked over all the facts of the case.

Speeding cases usually carry a 3-6 point penalty. If the offender is offered a Fixed Penalty and chooses to accept, they will receive a 3 point penalty as standard. More serious speeding cases that are referred to a Court can land the motorist with 6 points.

As covered in a separate article on this site, Driving without Due Care and Attention can refer to a range of offences carrying between 3-9 points. Once the facts of the case are studied and the severity of the offence becomes clear, the punishment will be decided.

If a motorist is unlucky (or careless!) enough to get 12 points on their licence within a 3 year period, the ‘totting up’ procedure will be invoked and following guidelines of the Court, they will have a 6 month driving disqualification imposed upon them. There is room to appeal for a reduction in the ban – there have been cases where motorists have successfully managed to get their disqualification down to 3 months, but on the whole it’s a better idea to avoid it happening in the first place!

If a motorist is disqualified under the ‘totting up’ procedure, the points will be removed from the licence, but there will be a reference to the disqualification for 4 years, or 11 years if the offence was related to driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

I’m a New Driver – Does this Apply to me too?

It does apply to new drivers, even more so I’m afraid. If a Newly Qualified Driver gets 6 points on their licence within 2 years, it will be withdrawn. The driver will need to wait until the end of the disqualification period and then re-sit and successfully pass the entire driving test again.

Once I’ve Got my License Back, will the Points Have Gone?

Unfortunately, no. Even when a new driver has successfully re-passed the test and is driving again, the penalty points will stay on the licence for 3 years after the conviction date, as standard, and are subject to the ‘totting up’ procedure again should the motorist commit any more offences.

What Next

If you do receive points on your licence you must inform your insurance, take a look at our article Informing your Insurance of your Convictions for more information.

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JET - Your Question:
My son was stopped for use of mobile phone when driving his car, on a quiet country road. He has no points on his Licence and has not committed this offences before. Could he receive a ban or just points and a fine?

Our Response:
The standard penalty of mobile phone use while driving is 6 points plus £200 fine. If it's less than 2 years since he passed his driving test his licence will be revoked.
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Apr-18 @ 2:38 PM
My son was stopped for use of mobile phone when driving his car, on a quiet country road.He has no points on his Licence and has not committed this offences before.Could he receive a ban or just points and a fine?
JET - 18-Apr-18 @ 11:36 AM
I have 12 points on my licence- 2 lots of M690, 6 are valid & 6 have expired this week. I went through a speed camera at 36 mph in a 30mph zone last April & I am in court on Monday having pleaded guilty. Will the expired points count in the 'totting up' procedure or not?
Natsy - 19-Jan-18 @ 3:27 PM
Hi, I ran a red light in 2013 and had to go to a driving awareness course. This was over 4 years ago, do i have to declare this to the car insurance company even though i didn't get any points etc. Thanks
Liz - 11-Nov-17 @ 1:40 PM
RJK01 - Your Question:
Hi, had a 2 week ban but no points added to licence. Will this show for insurance companies as all my quotes seem huge.Many thanks

Our Response:
You have to declare this to any prospective insurers anyway. Yes it will affect your premium.
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-Nov-17 @ 2:10 PM
Hi, had a 2 week ban but no points added to licence. Will this show for insurance companies as all my quotes seem huge. Many thanks
RJK01 - 2-Nov-17 @ 10:08 PM
Mdrane82 - Your Question:
I have 9 points on my license, 3 due to come off 7/11 and 6 to come off 28/12.I however got caught speeding last week, the car is registered to my dad, if he waits the 28 days to reply to say I was driving the 3 points will be off the license, or do they count from date caught not date convicted?

Our Response:
It will be counted from the date of the offence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Oct-17 @ 10:55 AM
I have 9 points on my license, 3 due to come off 7/11 and 6 to come off 28/12. I however got caught speeding last week,the car is registered to my dad, if he waits the 28 days to reply to say i was driving the 3 points will be off the license, or do they count from date caught not date convicted?
Mdrane82 - 19-Oct-17 @ 12:08 PM
What does REMOVAL date mean, and do I still need to do a medical if I apply for my license? DR10 Start date: 14 Apr 2005 End date: 13 Apr 2007 Conviction date: 14 Apr 2005 Removal date: 14 Apr 2016
HKBri - 6-Oct-17 @ 7:24 AM
Gollam - Your Question:
Hi my question is the following : I used to have a paper provisional license and I ended up getting 6-8 points plus costs unfortunately back then I couldnt afford to pay fine and the old address the provisional was attached to no longer exists this was all quite some years ago if I wanted an uptodate provisional on a card would I simply need to change my address or apply for new license but what would happen to points or any fine ?

Our Response:
You will need to apply for a new provisional licence. The DVLA would be able to tell you if they are still pursuing the debt.
NoPenaltyPoints - 21-Aug-17 @ 2:41 PM
Hi my question is the following : I used to have a paper provisional license and i ended up getting 6-8 points plus costs unfortunately back then i couldnt afford to pay fine and the old address the provisional was attached to no longer exists this was all quite some years ago if i wanted an uptodate provisional on a card would i simply need to change my address or apply for new license but what would happen to points or any fine ?
Gollam - 18-Aug-17 @ 4:14 PM
I got banned for 12 months in march 2016. I was an hgv driver. My ban is up now. Cant remember if i was ordered to take an extended retest. Theres nothing on dvla about it. Do i just apply for my licence then wait & see? I have had no official notification from the court or my solicitor.
Dodger - 28-Apr-17 @ 8:35 AM
Colin - Your Question:
I have 9 points on my license and have a further summons awaiting. If I am lucky enough to only get a 2 month disqualification, will all the points be removed. I am aware that there would be a reference to the disqualification on my licence.

Our Response:
No, each set of points will have its own expiry, a ban does not remove all these unfortunately.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Apr-17 @ 12:22 PM
I have 9 points on my license and have a further summons awaiting. If i am lucky enough to only get a 2 month disqualification, will all the points be removed. I am aware that there would be a reference to the disqualification on my licence.
Colin - 11-Apr-17 @ 3:01 PM
If you been band from 6 months.. The band now is finished..and I have my license back..how Long the band will still showing in my records
Anas sami - 26-Mar-17 @ 3:30 AM
I have just been caught with my phone not talking but was in my lap stupidly and received 6 points. I already have 6 points for speeding offences. 3 will expire in June. Does anyone know if I'll be able to drive in June?
Anon - 4-Mar-17 @ 5:20 PM
I had a provisional paper licence got loads of points and got banned a few times now I want to do it all properly do I just apply for a new provisonal license
micky - 17-Feb-17 @ 3:35 PM
I've had a Dr10 on my licence, but that part of the licence expires April 2017 But the other part of my licence has got June 2034 on it. Do I have to apply to update the license?.
Stan - 23-Dec-16 @ 10:57 PM
I have a DD40 on my licence which says it will be removed on 27/112016 that's today and it's still there. Why has it not been removed
DanBrum87 - 27-Nov-16 @ 9:10 AM
I got 3 points on my licence 20th December 2013 which I understand are valid till December 2016, but stay on till December 2017. I have just received notice of a speeding offence so will I have 6 points on my licence until December 2016 or December 2017? How do I get the first lot of points removed from my licence next December ? I have a paper licence.Many thanks
Shadowlady - 10-Nov-16 @ 5:41 PM
nk - Your Question:
I got 3 points on my provisional for speeding about 13 years ago. Never passed my testNow going back to lessons and had to return apply for a new provisional as my address has changed and also lost my old provisional. Do the points automatically come off now after all these years or do I have to pay to have them removed. thanks

Our Response:
Speeding points usually expire after 4 years. You may have to apply to have them removed if the DVLA has not already done so. You will not have to pay.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Nov-16 @ 1:01 PM
I got 3 points on my provisional for speeding about 13 years ago.. Never passed my test Now going back to lessons and had to return apply for a new provisional as my address has changed and also lost my old provisional.. Do the points automatically come off now after all these years or do I have to pay to have them removed.thanks
nk - 7-Nov-16 @ 7:41 AM
Kamil880713 - Your Question:
Hi I've been stoped in 2014 for driving without insurance and I done my private hire license now and when I try get job everyone want check my driving license offence gonna be remowe in 2018 is it any possible to remove that early I am driver and I cant get any job with that on my license thx

Our Response:
It's very unlikely - but if you wanted to appeal this/get the points removed from your licence,you'd have to take it back to court. Professional legal assistance would probably be advised.
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Oct-16 @ 10:39 AM
Hi I've been stoped in 2014 for driving without insurance and I done my private hire license now and when I try get job everyone want check my driving license offence gonna be remowe in 2018 is it any possible to remove that early I am driver and I cant get any job with that on my license thx
Kamil880713 - 3-Oct-16 @ 9:54 AM
Hi i have quite an unusual case. 4 years ago i was praticing driving with my dad without passing a driving test, I was 14 then,and caused an accident. I have recived 6 points.I'm now preparing to take my practical test, so my question is,have those points cleared off? or will they be activated after i pass my test?
kaya - 7-Sep-16 @ 5:51 PM
I want to live you could advise me I have been a UK driver with a clean driving licence for over 20 years earlier this month an oversight on my part missing one payment to my insurance meant that it was cancelled. I was thenstopped by policefor no insuranceand nowhave a fixed penalty fine and 6 points or I can go to court.and I wonder whether it is worth me going to court to plead guilty enter and mitigation because of my long-standing clean driving history? Thanks
Sindy - 14-Aug-16 @ 4:05 AM
Jack - Your Question:
Hi, I had a red light offence that was in September 2014, it went to court in June 2015. I got 3 points. When do these come off my license? 3 years from offending or from conviction?

Our Response:
For this offence the period is valid from the date of the offence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-Aug-16 @ 2:13 PM
Hi, I had a red light offence that was in September 2014, it went to court in June 2015. I got 3 points. When do these come off my license? 3 years from offending or from conviction?
Jack - 2-Aug-16 @ 6:02 PM
I have 6 points from Feb 2013 and 3 from a few months ago I'm looking at 3 more, will I get banned?
swaff I have 6 point - 30-Jun-16 @ 4:01 PM
Amy - Your Question:
I have recently got my license back after being done for drink driving and today I think I may have been spotted going through a red light just as it turned. Could this mean that I can get banned again or will I get points?

Our Response:
This depends on how long the points were to stay on your licence. Most drink driving offence points remain on your licence for 11 years. If you were to get points for the red light and subsequently, your endorsements were pushed over twelve....you'd be banned again under the "totting up" rule.
NoPenaltyPoints - 30-Jun-16 @ 2:42 PM
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