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This section provides an overview of the law related to penalty points and endorsements for motoring offences. It indicates how long points will stay on your driving licence for particular offences, and how to remove them once they have expired.

The section discusses disqualification, and processes connected with reducing a disqualification period.

Penalty points or endorsements remain on a driver’s license for either 11 or 4 years, depending on the offence committed but for the purposes of totting up provisions are relevant for 3 years from the date of the offence.

 11 Years

  • Drinking/Drugs and driving (Offence Code DR10, DR20, DR30, DR80).
  • Causing Death by driving whilst under the influence of drinks/drugs (CD40, CD50, CD60).
  • Causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis (CD70).

4 Years

  • Reckless/Dangerous driving (DD40, DD60, DD80).
  • Offences resulting in disqualification.
  • Disqualified from holding a full licence until a driving test has passed.
  • All other driving offences.

Once endorsements have expired, you can remove them from your licence by applying to the DVLA.

 If you were disqualified, and the disqualification period has expired, you must apply for a new licence to be able to drive again, even if your old licence has not run out.  Medical enquiries will be made by the DVLA before they issue your new licence, ie. if you are a high risk offender:

  • been disqualified for driving, or being in charge of a vehicle, when the level of alcohol in the body when tested equalled or exceeded  

87.5 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath, or
200 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood, or
267.5 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine.

  • two disqualifications within the space of 10 years for drinking and driving, or being in charge of a vehicle whilst unfit through drink.
  • one disqualification for refusing/failing to supply a specimen for analysis.