Points on your licence: How long do they last?

Points on your licence are added to your driving licence for driving offences, once you have been given points on your licence or any type of conviction you should disclose them to your car insurance provider, however if you have any spent convictions you do not need to notify them of these, you only have to tell them about the unspent ones.

Points on your licence: So how long really do they remain there?

Penalty points remain on your licence for 4 to 11 years based upon the seriousness of the driving offence. Endorsements are legitimate for the initial 3 years for a 4 year endorsement, or 10 years, for an 11 year endorsement. This implies for the initial 3 or 10 years they will be utilised for “totting up” purposes, and won’t be added to whatever new ones you may clock up in the future. After this time, points will be naturally expelled from your record.

Points on your licence: The maximum amount you can get

Every offence has a code which has its own amount of points. Being caught speeding on the motorway would give you a SP50 which puts 3 points on your licence but driving while drunk would give you a DR20 which means they can award you anything between 3-11 points.

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A few offences will instantly get you excluded from driving, and in the event that you pick up at least 12 Penalty points on your licence inside three years through various offences, you will more than likely be disqualified. Being disqualified means you must attend court, where they will decide to what you have been disqualified from driving for and how long it is to last.

Shouldn’t something be said about New Drivers?

As a new driver you can get your licence removed when you rack up at least six points on your licence inside the first 2 years of being on the road.

If you mess up and your licence gets taken away inside your initial two years of driving, you will have to re-apply for a new driving licence which involves doing the theory and practical.

Points earned while owning a provisional driving licence will be carried over to your full full driving licence.points

How can i check and see how many Points i have?

You can find out what number of points you have on the gov.uk website and even check when the will expire from your driving licence.

Why Is This Important?

It helps to remember  the amount to points that you have accumulated as you may need to provide your insurer with this information or even a future driving job.

Below is the full UK Penalty points (endorsements) listEach endorsement has a special code and is given ‘penalty points’ on a scale from 1 to 11. You get more points for more serious offences. (source: www.gov.uk)

Accident offences

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
AC10Failing to stop after an accident5 to 10
AC20Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours5 to 10
AC30Undefined accident offences4 to 9

Disqualified driver

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
BA10Driving while disqualified by order of court6
BA30Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court6
BA40Causing death by driving while disqualified3 to 11
BA60Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified3 to 11

Careless driving

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
CD10Driving without due care and attention3 to 9
CD20Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users3 to 9
CD30Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users3 to 9
CD80Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving3 to 11
CD90Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers3 to 11

These points will remain on your driving record for 11 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
CD40Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink3 to 11
CD50Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs3 to 11
CD60Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit3 to 11
CD70Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis3 to 11

Construction and use offences

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
CU10Using a vehicle with defective brakes3
CU20Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition3
CU30Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s)3
CU40Using a vehicle with defective steering3
CU50Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers3
CU80Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, such as using a mobile phone3 to 6

Reckless/dangerous driving

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
DD10Causing serious injury by dangerous driving3 to 11
DD40Dangerous driving3 to 11
DD60Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle3 to 11
DD80Causing death by dangerous driving3 to 11
DD90Furious driving3 to 9

Drink

These points will remain on your driving record for 11 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
DR10Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit3 to 11
DR20Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink3 to 11
DR30Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis3 to 11
DR31Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity3 to 11
DR61Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive10

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
DR40In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit10
DR50In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink10
DR60Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive10
DR70Failing to provide specimen for breath test4

Drugs

These points will remain on your driving record for 11 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
DG10Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit3 to 11
DG60Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit3 to 11
DR80Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs3 to 11

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
DG40In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit10
DR90In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs10

Insurance offences

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
IN10Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks6 to 8

Licence offences

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
LC20Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence3 to 6
LC30Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence3 to 6
LC40Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability3 to 6
LC50Driving after a licence has been cancelled (revoked) or refused on medical grounds3 to 6

Miscellaneous offences

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
MS10Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position3
MS20Unlawful pillion riding3
MS30Play street offences2
MS50Motor racing on the highway3 to 11
MS60Offences not covered by other codes (including offences relating to breach of requirements as to control of vehicle)3
MS70Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight3
MS80Refusing to submit to an eyesight test3
MS90Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc6

Motorway offences

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
MW10Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits)3

Pedestrian crossings

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
PC10Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations3
PC20Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle3
PC30Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle3

Speed limits

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
SP10Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits3 to 6
SP20Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles)3 to 6
SP30Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road3 to 6
SP40Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit3 to 6
SP50Exceeding speed limit on a motorway3 to 6

Traffic direction and signs

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
TS10Failing to comply with traffic light signals3
TS20Failing to comply with double white lines3
TS30Failing to comply with ‘stop’ sign3
TS40Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden3
TS50Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding ‘stop’ signs, traffic lights or double white lines)3
TS60Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign3
TS70Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign3

Theft or unauthorised taking

These points will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

CodeOffencePenalty points
UT50Aggravated taking of a vehicle3 to 11

Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring offences

For these offences, the codes are similar, but with the number 0 on the code changed to 2.

For example, code LC20 (driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence) becomes code LC22 on your driving record if you have helped someone to do this.

Causing or permitting offences

For these offences, the codes are similar, but with the number 0 on the code changed to 4.

For example, LC20 (driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence) becomes LC24 on your licence if you’ve caused or permitted someone to do this.

Inciting offences

For these offences, the codes are similar, but with the number 0 on the code changed to 6.

For example, DD40 (dangerous driving) becomes DD46 on your driving record if you’ve incited someone to do this.

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