Driving Disqualifications

The driver can be disqualified if; gets convicted of a serious driving offence or if 12 or more penalty points are reached within 3 years.

When does the disqualification end?

It depends on the court’s decision for how long the disqualification lasts:

  • In case of 12 or more penalty points within 3 years, the ban lasts 6 months.
  • If the second disqualification is given within 3 years, the ban lasts 12 months.
  • If there’s a third disqualification within 3 years, the ban lasts 2 years.

The driver has to apply for a new license if the disqualification is for 56 days or more. There’s no need to apply if the ban is less than 56 days.

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Reduce the disqualification period:

The court can be requested to shorten the disqualification period.

  • If the length of ban is less than 4 years, the driver must wait 2 years before applying.
  • If the ban is 4 or more years but lesser than 10 years, the driver needs to wait half the length of the disqualification period.
  • If the ban is for 10 or more years, the driver must wait 5 years before applying.

However, request for disqualification must only be applied if there’s a legal mistake by the court or if certain reasons were not taken into account. Only under such circumstances; the documents along with the date of offence and conviction must be sent.

If the court rejects the request, the driver must wait for 3 months before applying again.

The DVLA is contacted by the court if it decides to reduce the disqualification period.

Reapplying for licence and test:

The applicant must take the driving test if the court orders. A new provisional licence should be applied to proceed further.

  • A reminder will be sent 56 days before the disqualification ends. Application form can also be ordered if the reminder doesn’t come.
  • Theory and practical test must be booked and given. And extended practical test has to be given if the court ordered. This test costs higher and lasts for 60 minutes.
  • Once the practical test is passed; examiner must be asked to arrange the new licence.

Name or address change:

The DVLA must be informed if any changes in the name or address occur while being banned. Documents with details of old and new changes should be sent to:

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The driver can be disqualified if found guilty for drink-driving. Or could be sent to prison or fined.

It is considered a serious offenes if:

  • Driver fails to provide specimen of blood, urine or breath.
  • If alcohol reading of 87.5 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitre’s of breath, 200 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood or 267.5 mg alcohol per 100 ml or urine.

A D27PH form is given 90 days before the disqualification period that has to fill and sent to DVLA to reapply the licence.


The driver needs to be proven fit to drive again by a DVLA appointed doctor.

Payment for the examination has to be given. The exam includes:

  • Questionnaire about medical history and use of alcohol.
  • Blood test.
  • Physical examination.


Driving while being unfit through drugs is illegal; this can result in disqualification for at least 12 months and up to six months in jail.

If the police suspect the driver to be on drugs, a Field Impairment Assessment is taken.  The driver can further be taken to the station for a blood test.

It is a serious crime if the test shows drug in the system.


The doctor should be consulted if it’s allowed to drive with the prescribed drugs.


  • Up to 6 months imprisonment.
  • Unlimited fine.
  • Minimum driving ban of 1 year.
  • Criminal record.
  • Licence will also show drug conviction for 11 years.

Additional problems:

  • Trouble travelling to various countries.
  • Employer will see licence conviction.
  • Increase in car insurance cost.