How long do points stay on your driving licence?

Everything you need to know about driving licence penalty points, including how long they stay on your licence and how you can get them removed...

How long do points stay on your driving licence?

If you commit a motoring offence in the UK, you're likely to get points on your driving licence. The number of points you receive depends on the severity of the offence, and they can stay on your licence for four to 11 years, again depending on how serious the offence is.

Our guide below tells you everything you need to know about motoring offences and penalty points in the UK.

What is a driving endorsement?

The courts will 'endorse' your driving licence if you are found guilty of a motoring offence. Each offence has an endorsement code, which determines how many points you'll get.

How long do points stay on your driving licence?

How many points will I get?

Points are assigned on a scale from one to 11. The more serious the offence, the more points you'll get. Our guide below shows how many you can expect for each offence:

* Failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident – five to 10 points

* Driving or attempting to drive while disqualified – six points

* Causing death or serious injury while disqualified – three to 11 points

* Careless driving, or driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users – three to nine points

* Causing death by dangerous driving through alcohol or drugs, or while unlicensed or uninsured – three to 11 points

* Using a vehicle with defective brakes, steering, tyres or other components, or using a vehicle that is unsuitable – three points

* Causing serious injury through dangerous driving, or causing manslaughter while driving – three to 11 points

* Causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving – three to nine points

* Drink-driving or driving under the influence of drugs – three to 11 points

* Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity – three to 11 points

* In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink or above the alcohol limit – 10 points

* Driving a vehicle while uninsured – six to eight points

* Driving a vehicle without a licence – three to six points

* Speeding – three to six points

* Stealing a car – three to 11 points

The procedures and points awarded can be different in Northern Ireland. For a full breakdown, click here

How long do points stay on my licence?

Most points stay on your licence for four years from the date of the offence, although they are only active for the first three. However, for more serious offences, such as causing death by dangerous driving or drink driving, the points will stay on your licence for 11 years.

Employers and insurers are able to find out if you have an endorsement at any time for a four-year offence, or during the first five years of an 11-year offence.

How long do points stay on your driving licence?

How can I get points removed from my licence?

Endorsements and points will automatically be removed from your driving record when they expire. To see if you have any endorsements or points against your driving licence, click here

Can I be disqualified from driving?

Yes. If you build up 12 or more penalty points within three years, you are liable to be disqualified from driving under the 'totting up' system. You can appeal against a driving ban, but only if you have a good reason for doing so. 

How long do points stay on your driving licence?

What if I am a new driver?

If you are a new driver, the rules surrounding penalty points and endorsements are different.

If you get six or more points during your first two years of driving, your licence will be revoked. If you receive points on your provisional driver's licence, those points are carried over to your full licence.

If your licence is revoked within the first two years of driving, you'll have to retake both the theory and practical elements of the driving test before you are allowed to get behind the wheel independently again.

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