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Endorsements, penalty points and disqualification

If you are convicted of a motoring offence, the court can endorse your driving licence with penalty points or order a period of disqualification from driving. The details are entered on your driving record and your paper driving licence or photocard D740 paper counterpart document.

In addition to paying a fine or fixed penalty, your driving licence will be endorsed with a penalty ranging from three to eleven points or a period disqualification depending on the seriousness of the offence.


If you incur 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years you will be liable to be disqualified under the 'totting-up' system. Information on your driving entitlement and endorsements are sent to the courts and police on request.

Endorsements and disqualifications

The amount of time in which an endorsement remains on your licence depends on the type of offence committed. The date in which the endorsement starts also depends on the type of offence.

Endorsements must remain on a licence for 11 years from date of conviction if the offence is:

drinking/drugs and driving (shown on the licence as DR10, DR20, DR30 and DR80) causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs (shown on the licence as CD40, CD50 and CD60)

causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis (shown on the licence as CD70)

Endorsements must remain on a licence for four years from date of conviction if the offence is:

reckless/dangerous driving (shown on the licence as DD40, DD60 and DD80) offences resulting in disqualification

disqualified from holding a full licence until a driving test has been passed Endorsements must remain on a licence for four years from the date of offence in all other cases.

Disqualification for alcohol related offences

If you are disqualified for one or more alcohol related offences, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will carry out medical enquiries before a new licence is granted. These related offences are:

disqualified with a blood level over 200mg/100ml (or equivalent in breath or urine)

disqualified twice in ten years for certain alcohol related offences

disqualified for failing or refusing to give a specimen

Mutual recognition of driving disqualifications with other countriesNorthern Ireland Since 11 October 2004 there has been mutual recognition between Great Britain (GB) & Northern Ireland (NI) of driving disqualifications. This allows:

recognition in GB of disqualifications which were imposed under NI jurisdiction endorsement of GB counterparts issued to NI licence holders. An NI driving licence holder may apply for a GB counterpart by completing form D9 (available from DVLA). This can be kept with their NI licence and will allow them to avail themselves of the fixed penalty scheme for certain types of offence revocation of an NI licence in conformity with the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 revocation of an NI licence on grounds of disability and prospective disability Reciprocal provisions came into force in NI at the same time as those made in GB. Isle of Man Since 23 May 2005 mutual recognition of driving disqualifications between Great Britain and Northern Ireland was extended to include the Isle of Man (IoM).

This means that drivers who are disqualified from holding a driving licence in GB or NI on or after 23 May 2005 will also be disqualified from driving, holding or obtaining a driving licence in the Isle of Man. Similarly, if a court in the Isle of Man disqualifies a driver from driving they will also be disqualified from driving in GB or NI until the disqualification has ended.

Mutual recognition between GB or NI and IoM will only be in relation to driving disqualifications. The New Drivers Act and fixed penalties will not be included.

source: © Crown copyright (correct at 21/1/11)

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