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...
If you commit a motoring offence in the UK, you're likely to end up with points on your driving licence. The number of points you receive depends on the severity of the offence, and the points can stay on your licence for up to 11 years. 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 many points will I get?
Points are assigned on a scale from 1-11. The more serious the offence, the more points it earns. Our guide below shows how many points you can expect to receive for each offence, or for the exact number see the government's guide here.
- Failing to stop after an accident, or failing to report an accident – 5-10 points
- Driving or attempting to drive while disqualified – 6 points
- Causing death or serious injury while disqualified –3-11 points
- Careless driving, or driving without consideration – 3-9 points
- Causing death by dangerous driving through alcohol or drugs, or by being unlicensed or uninsured – 3-11 points
- Using a defective vehicle, or using a vehicle, which is unsuitable – 3 points
- Causing serious industry through dangerous driving, or causing manslaughter while driving – 3-11 points
- Drink driving or driving under the influence of drugs – 3-11 points
- Driving a vehicle while uninsured – 6-8 points
- Driving a vehicle without a licence – 3-6 points
- Speeding – 3-6 points
- Stealing a car – 3-11 points
Be aware that 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. 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 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, then you are liable to be disqualified from driving under the 'totting up' system.
But 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 license, then those points are also carried over to your full licence.
If your licence is revoked within the first two years of driving, you'll have to re-take both the theory and practical elements of the driving test again.
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