Penalty Points Explained

The courts can ‘endorse’ your driving record with penalty points and issue you with a fine if you are convicted of a motoring offence.

Endorsements are required to stay on your driving record for either 11 or 4 years, depending on the offence.

The penalty points and the endorsement are put on to your driver record. View your driving licence record to check what penalty points you have acquired and when they’ll be removed.

If you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of 3 years you can be disqualified. New drivers are subject to stricter rules.

Please note Northern Ireland endorsement codes and processes differ.

There is a special code assigned to each endorsement and ‘penalty points’ tied to it, ranging on a scale from 1 to 11. The more serious the offense, the more points you receive.

We have created a table detailing the possible offense codes that can be put on your driving record, with the penalty points associated with them. Some of the offenses can also include a disqualification. https://insure365.co.uk/2016/11/29/motoring-offences/

Penalty points and offence codes are required to stay on your driving record for either 11 or 4 years depending on the offense.

Endorsements are required to stay on your driving record for either 11 or 4 years depending on the offense. This can start from either the date you’re convicted or the date of your offence.

The endorsement is ‘valid’ for the first:

3 years, for a 4-year endorsement
10 years, for an 11-year endorsement

A court can take your endorsement into account if both:

You commit another offence while it’s valid
The endorsement is still on your driving record when the court considers your case

Other people, like employers and insurers, may be able to find out that you have the endorsement:

Any time during a 4-year endorsement
During the first 5 years of an 11-year endorsement, or the first 30 months if you’re under 18
4 years from date of conviction

An endorsement will remain on a driving record for 4 years from the date of conviction if the offence is for reckless/dangerous driving – shown on the driving record as DD40, DD60 and DD80 or results in disqualification

For example, if you are convicted on 28 May 2011 – the endorsement must remain on your driving record until 28 May 2015, 4 years from the date of offence. In all other cases endorsements remain on your driving record for 4 years from the date of offence.

An endorsement will remain on a driving record for 11 years from the date of conviction if the offense is:

Drink driving or drug driving – shown on the driving record as DR10, DR20, DR30, DR31, DR61 and DR80
Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs – shown on the driving record as CD40, CD50 and CD60
Causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis – shown on the driving record as CD70

If your licence is cancelled within 2 years you will have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence and pass both theory and practical parts of the driving or riding test again to get a full licence.

You must retake both parts of your driving test if your licence has been cancelled after you’ve passed your test, however, if you haven’t sent off for your full licence yet you can use your current provisional licence to take the tests.

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