Part 1: Overview

You can be disqualified from driving if you’re convicted of a driving offence. You might have to take your driving test again, answer health questions or have medical tests before you get your licence back.

You can also be disqualified if you get 12 or more penalty points (endorsements) within 3 years. You can be disqualified for:

  • 6 months if you get 12 penalty points or more within 3 years

  • 12 months if you get a 2nd disqualification within 3 years

  • 2 years if you get a 3rd disqualification

Short period disqualification

If you’re disqualified for less than 56 days, your paper driving licence or counterpart document will be stamped by the court and given back to you. This is called ‘short period disqualification’.

You won’t need to renew your licence. The stamp shows the disqualification period and you can use the same licence again once this is over.

Disqualification for 56 days or more

If you’re disqualified for 56 days or more you have to renew your licence before driving again.

You might also have to retake your driving test or take an extended driving test before getting your licence back.

If you’ve been disqualified for some alcohol-related offences, DVLA will make medical enquiries before you can get your licence back.