1. Overview

You can be banned (disqualified) from driving if you either:

  • are convicted of a driving offence
  • get 12 or more penalty points (endorsements) within 3 years

You’ll get a summons in the post that tells you when you must go to court.

Some disqualification rules are different in Northern Ireland.

How long a driving ban will last

The court will decide how long the disqualification will last, based on how serious they think the offence is.

If you have 12 or more penalty points, you could be banned from driving 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

Disqualified for 56 days or more

If you’re disqualified for 56 days or more you must apply for a new licence before driving again.

You might also have to retake your driving test or take an extended driving test before getting your new licence. The court will tell you if you have to do this.

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 when this is over.