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How to remove penalty points from your driving licence

How to get rid of expired endorsements and more

How to get rid of expired endorsements and more

Big changes are coming to your driving licence and you need to stay up to date. With the paper counterpart being axed from the summer, staying in control of your endorsements will suddenly become a lot harder – and significantly more important. Follow our guide to keeping a healthy licence that’s safe from the dangers of digitalisation…

Read about driving licence changes coming into force on June 8, here

Give your licence a full health check

A poorly maintained licence can result in higher than necessary insurance premiums, cancelled policies, problems with the police and even prosecution. The abolition of the paper counterpart could make it even harder to ensure your permit to drive maintains its health. Use this driving licence health check to make sure yours is fit for purpose.

Visual check-up

Follow our health check for your licence

Follow our health check for your licence

Firstly, let’s check your document’s vital signs and make sure it’s got all the correct information and isn’t hiding any unpleasant surprises. You can do this by using the DVLA’s View Driving Licence website; where you can enter a few details and find out exactly what ‘s on your licence and driving record.

What will it tell me: Log in and the service will tell you when your licence expires, how many penalty points you have and which vehicle’s you’re licensed to driver… from tractors to ride-on mowers and beyond. The service will also tell you what personal details you have registered with the DVLA. Make sure you change them if they’re wrong or risk a big fine. We tell you how here.

What information do I need to log in: Getting into the service isn’t that easy; you’ll need the following:
1) Your driving licence number
2) Your National Insurance number
3) The postcode on your driving licence

How much and when can I use it: The View My Licence website is free to use and available 24 hours a day.

Use the View Driving Licence service here

Here’s a video explaining the new system.

Endorsement treatment

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Staying on the right side of the law is the only way to avoid edorsements. Picture Hyundai-car.co.uk

You’ve checked your licence and perhaps you’ve come across some endorsements? This is an area you’ll need to know about when it comes to getting a job, insurance quotes and hiring cars. We’ll be looking at what they mean and how long they’ll remain on your licence.

About endorsements: Individual endorsements have a unique code and come with penalty points on a scale from 1 to 11. The more serious the offence, them more points it attracts. Some offences will be so serious they’ll attract an instant disqualification.

Endorsements and penalty points by offence: Here’s a full list of offences with the endorsement and penalty points they attract.


Endorsement codes and penalty points: Click here for a full DVLA list

Accident offences

These codes stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
AC10 Failing to stop after an accident 5 to 10
AC20 Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours 5 to 10
AC30 Undefined accident offences 4 to 9

Disqualified driver

These codes must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of court 6
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court 6

Careless driving

Codes CD10 to CD30 must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
CD10 Driving without due care and attention 3 to 9
CD20 Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users 3 to 9
CD30 Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users 3 to 9

Codes CD40 to CD70 must stay on a driving licence for 11 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
CD40 Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink 3 to 11
CD50 Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs 3 to 11
CD60 Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit 3 to 11
CD70 Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis 3 to 11

Codes CD80 and CD90 must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
CD80 Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving 3 to 11
CD90 Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers 3 to 11

Construction and use offences

These codes must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
CU10 Using a vehicle with defective brakes 3
CU20 Causing 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 condition 3
CU30 Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s) 3
CU40 Using a vehicle with defective steering 3
CU50 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers 3
CU80 Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, mobile telephone etc 3

Reckless/dangerous driving

These codes must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
DD10 Causing serious injury by dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD40 Dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD60 Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle 3 to 11
DD80 Causing death by dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD90 Furious driving 3 to 9

Drink or drugs

Codes DR10 to DR61 must stay on a driving licence for 11 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
DR10 Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit 3 to 11
DR20 Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink 3 to 11
DR30 Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis 3 to 11
DR31 Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity 3 to 11
DR61 Refusing 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 drive 10

Codes DR40 to DR70 must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
DR40 In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit 10
DR50 In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink 10
DR60 Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 10
DR70 Failing to provide specimen for breath test 4

Code DR80 must stay on a driving licence for 11 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
DR80 Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs 3 to 11

Code DR90 must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
DR90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs 10

Insurance offences

Code IN10 must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
IN10 Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks 6 to 8

Licence offences

These codes must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
LC20 Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence 3 to 6
LC30 Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence 3 to 6
LC40 Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability 3 to 6
LC50 Driving after a licence has been revoked or refused on medical grounds 3 to 6

Miscellaneous offences

These codes must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 3
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding 3
MS30 Play street offences 2
MS50 Motor racing on the highway 3 to 11
MS60 Offences not covered by other codes (including offences relating to breach of requirements as to control of vehicle) 3
MS70 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight 3
MS80 Refusing to submit to an eyesight test 3
MS90 Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc 6

Motorway offences

Code MW10 must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
MW10 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits) 3

Pedestrian crossings

These codes must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
PC10 Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations 3
PC20 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle 3
PC30 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle 3

Speed limits

These codes must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
SP10 Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 3 to 6
SP20 Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) 3 to 6
SP30 Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road 3 to 6
SP40 Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit 3 to 6
SP50 Exceeding speed limit on a motorway 3 to 6

Traffic direction and signs

These codes must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
TS10 Failing to comply with traffic light signals 3
TS20 Failing to comply with double white lines 3
TS30 Failing to comply with ‘stop’ sign 3
TS40 Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden 3
TS50 Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding ‘stop’ signs, traffic lights or double white lines) 3
TS60 Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign 3
TS70 Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign 3

Special code

Code TT99 must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of conviction.

It shows disqualification under ‘totting-up’ – if the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, the driver can be disqualified.

Theft or unauthorised taking

Code UT50 must stay on a driving licence for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
UT50 Aggravated taking of a vehicle 3 to 11


How long will endorsements remain on my licence: Once you’ve been given an endorsement, the penalty points will remain on your licence from 4 to 11 years depending on the offence. The time that the penalty points stay on your licence can either be from the date of the offence, or the date of conviction. Here’s how this applies:


Four years from date of conviction: Click to reveal details

An endorsement and the penalty points will stay on a licence for four years from the date of conviction, if the offence…

A) Is for reckless/dangerous driving – shown on the licence as DD40, DD60 and DD80
B) Results in disqualification

Example… Date of conviction 28 May 2011 – the endorsement must stay on the licence until 28 May 2015.


Four years from date of offence: Click to reveal details

In all other cases from those described above, the endorsement and points remain on the licence for four years from when the offence was committed.

Example… Date of offence 10 June 2012 – the endorsement must stay on the licence until 10 June 2016.


11 years from date of conviction: Click to reveal details

This will be the case if…

A) The offence is drink or drug driving and classified under endorsements DR10, DR20, DR30, DR31, DR61 and DR80
B) The offence is causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs – shown on the licence as CD40, CD50 and CD60
C) Causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis – shown on the licence as CD70

Example… Date of conviction 3 December 2009 – the endorsement must stay on the licence until 3 December 2020


Endorsements and new drivers: Anyone receiving six or more penalty points within two years of passing their driving test will have the licence revoked.

Any unexpired points on your provisional licence will be carried over to your full version if you pass your test.

If your licence is revoked within two years of passing your test, you’ll have to retake it – both the theory and practical elements.

Getting the all-clear – removing endorsements from your licence

Get the all-clear and return to happy care-free motoring with a clean licence

Get the all-clear and return to happy care-free motoring with a clean licence

First, let’s look at how to remove expired endorsements from your photocard’s paper counterpart – which will remain valid until June 8, when it will be axed. We’ve also got the information you need for removing penalty points in a post-paper counterpart world.

Removing endorsements from your photocard (before June 8, 2015): Endorsements aren’t shown on the photocard element of your licence, so you’ll need to remove the expired penalties from your paper counterpart until this is axed in June, 2015.

To remove your expired endorsements complete form D1 (which is the application for a driving licence. You then need to send this form – along with your photocard, paper counterpart and a cheque or postal order for £20.00 – to the following address:

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BU

Order your D1 form online here

Removing endorsements from your paper licence: If you’ve got an old-style green, pink, or pink and green paper licence, having endorsements removed will mean swapping it for a new photocard version.

To do this you’ll need a completed a D1 licence application form and the following:

  • Original documentation confirming your identity
  • A passport type photograph and your paper driving licence
  • A cheque or postal order for £20 payable to DVLA (do not send cash)

Then, send it all to:
DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BU

Order your D1 form online here

Removing expired endorsementS after June 8, 2015
With the paper counterpart being withdrawn in June, drivers’ records will become entirely digital with checks through the online database. The good news is those with expired penalty points will no longer need to take any action, or make payment to have them removed.

The DVLA has confirmed that after June 8, any spent endorsements will automatically be wiped from drivers’ records without intervention or cost to the licence-holder.

Top tip: If your endorsements are due to expire over the next few months, save your cash and simply wait until the paper counterpart is withdrawn in June when they’ll automatically disappear for free.

Order your D1 form online here

Share your driving licence
Need to share your licence with an employer, or perhaps a hire car company? Here’s how you can make this happen once the paper counterpart goes in June. This also means that you have to give permission for your licence details to be viewed by a thrird party,

 

3 thoughts on “How to remove penalty points from your driving licence

  1. Chris Cliff

    Hi
    I am trying to find out what the procedure is to have a spent DR10 removed as this is showing on new system presume there is a charge for this any help would be greatly appreciated

    Best Regards
    Chris

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  2. Mahad

    I had been given 3 points on lc20 60 pound fine in december 2011 is there any chance dvla to remove the code now as i have left 3months.

    Reply
  3. Steve

    I have a DR10 showing as expired on the new system ,but still showing the information. Should this not be wiped completely? It’s been over 11 years.

    Reply

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