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Tuesday, 3 February 2009

New Drivers Act

Your driving licence is automatically revoked if you build up six or more penalty points within two years of passing your first driving test. This includes any penalty points you had before passing the test, which are still valid. You’ll have to reapply for your driving licence as a learner driver and resit your driving test.

Who does the act affect

This applies to drivers and motorcyclists from Great Britain (GB), Northern Ireland, European Community and European Economic Area (EC/EEA) countries, Isle of Man, Channel Islands or Gibraltar for a period of two years from passing their first driving test in these countries.

Drivers from designated countries

The act also applies to you if you have exchanged a driving licence issued in a designated country for a GB driving licence.

The first driving test you pass in this country for another type of vehicle eg a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) is treated as a first driving test. If you reach six or more penalty points within two years of passing this test, your driving licence will be revoked.

The designated countries are: Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.

Getting your full driving licence back

To regain your full driving licence you must reapply for a provisional driving licence, pass the theory and practical driving tests again and claim your test pass.

Reapply for a provisional driving licence

You’ll need to:

  • complete ‘Application for a driving licence’ D1 (available from the DVLA form ordering service or Post Office® branches)
  • tick the renewal box ‘Revoked under the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 in section three on the D1 form
  • pay the fee (see ‘renewal after revocation’ on the cost of a driving licence)
  • post the D1 form to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AB

Pass the theory and practical driving tests

You’ll need to pay for and resit the theory and practical driving tests

Claim your test pass

After passing your driving test, you’ll need to exchange your provisional driving licence for a full one.

Your driving entitlement

Full entitlement to drive all categories of vehicle you previously held on your driving licence will only be reinstated when you pass a test in any one of your previously held entitlements.

If you successfully pass a test for entitlement to a category you have not previously held, you’ll get a full driving licence for that category only.

Also, previously held HGV or PCV (passenger carrying vehicle) entitlement will only be reinstated after the approval of the Traffic Commissioner.

After passing your retest

It’s important to remember that passing the retest:

  • does not remove the penalty points from your driving licence
  • the penalty points remain valid

Your driving licence can only be revoked once under the provisions of the act.

Appealing against the withdrawal of your driving licence

You can only appeal against the conviction that led to you getting the six penalty points. Contact the convicting court for advice on how to appeal.

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