Banned from Driving
- I have been banned from driving. What happens next?
- Will I now have a criminal record? / Is a driving ban a criminal offence?
- Can I ride a moped or motorbike when banned?
- I was banned for speeding on my motorbike. Can I still drive my car?
- Can I drive abroad?
- Can I apply for a foreign driving licence?
- Can I supervise a learner driver?
- I am already banned but cannot recall the period of disqualification. How can I find out how much longer I need to serve?
- How do I get my licence back after a ban?
- I was banned but why have my previous penalty points not been removed from my driving licence?
- I was ordered to retake my driving test. Do I need to apply for a provisional licence?
As soon as the Court imposes a ban, you are disqualified with immediate effect. The Court will retain your driving licence and send it to the DVLA with confirmation of the period of disqualification. From a practical point of view, you must notify your insurers of the disqualification. If they are unaware of a ban, they could refuse to indemnify if any claim is made for your vehicle during the period of the ban, even though you are not using the vehicle.
When the ban expires, if the disqualification was less than 56 days, the DVLA will return your driving licence. For bans in excess of 56 days, you will need to make a formal application for the licence to be reinstated. This is because the licence will have been automatically revoked and thus will still not be valid, even when the ban has been served.
Details of the disqualification will be endorsed on the licence. If you have not been specifically ordered to retake your driving test, you are allowed to resume driving as soon as the disqualification is completed and your licence returned.
The vast majority of driving offences are dealt with the Magistrates' Court. If you are banned under the totting up procedure, or receive an instant ban for say, speeding, you will not receive a criminal record as these are not arrestable offences. However, the more serious offences, such as death by dangerous driving etc will result in a criminal record.
No. If you are disqualified from driving, you are banned from using any motorised vehicle for which you previously held a licence.
No. A ban covers all categories of motor vehicle.
If you are disqualified from driving in the UK, your licence will be retained by the DVLA. You will not be able to drive abroad as you will not be able to produce a licence to establish your entitlement to drive.
Yes. If you follow the appropriate procedure to obtain a licence in another country, and pass the relevant tests, you can obtain a non UK licence. However, you would still not be entitled to drive in the UK for the period of any disqualification imposed.
No. In order to act as a supervising driver, you must hold a full driving licence.
I am already banned but cannot recall the period of disqualification. How can I find out how much longer I need to serve?
If you were represented at Court, your lawyer will be able to confirm the date the ban expires. Alternatively, contact the Court that imposed the disqualification and you can ask for a Certificate of Conviction which will detail all information required. If you cannot remember which Court you attended, try the DVLA. They will be able to provide full details, although there is a fee payable. Further information is on their website or alternatively you can contact them at the following address:
DCS (Data Subject Enquiries),
Swansea SA6 7JL
For bans of less than 56 days, the DVLA should return the licence to you automatically when the ban has expired. If you do not receive the licence, contact the DVLA direct.
If the disqualification is for more than 56 days, your licence will automatically be revoked. As a result, you have to formally apply for a new licence, which requires making an application and paying a fee. If you fail to make a formal application, the licence will still be invalid, regardless of the fact that the disqualification has been served.
Penalty points are only removed from your driving licence when you are disqualified under the totting up process, which would normally result in a ban of 6 months. This would then have the effect of "wiping the slate clean" and removing all points taken into account when the totting up ban was imposed. An instant ban, which is not subject to the totting up process, has no effect on other penalty points.
If your driving licence has been retained by the Court until you pass a driving test, you have to make a formal application for your licence to be reinstated. This means applying for a provisional licence and taking the theory/practical test.
In most cases, the Court will order that you take the extended test and full details as to how this can be progressed are available from the DVLA.