Endorsements and penalty points
If you’re convicted of a motoring offence, the courts can fine you and endorse your driving licence with penalty points. Endorsements must stay on your driving licence for four or 11 years, depending on the offence.
Endorsements codes and penalty points
Each endorsement has a unique offence code and is allocated ‘penalty points’ on a scale from one to 11, depending on the severity of the offence. The endorsement (and penalty points) is updated on your driver record and written on your paper driving licence or the counterpart document of your photocard driving licence.
How long endorsements stay on your driving licence
An endorsement must stay on your driving licence for the following periods of time.
Eleven years from date of conviction if the offence is:
• drinking or drugs and driving
• causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs
• causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis
Example: date of conviction is 3 December 2012 – the endorsement must stay on the licence until 2 December 2023.
Four years from date of conviction
Four years from the date of conviction if the offence is for:
• dangerous driving
• offences resulting in disqualification
• disqualified from holding a full driving licence until a driving test has been passed
Example: date of conviction is 28 May 2013 – the endorsement must stay on the licence until 27 May 2017.
Four years from the date of offence in all other cases.
Example: date of offence 10 June 2013 – the endorsement must stay on the licence until 9 June 2017.
‘Totting-up’ penalty points
If you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years, you’ll be liable to be disqualified under the ‘totting-up’ system.
New Drivers Order
Your driving licence is automatically revoked (withdrawn) if you build up six or more penalty points within two years of passing your first driving test.
Removing expired endorsements from your driving licence
You can apply to remove expired endorsements by obtaining a replacement licence. Expired endorsements are automatically removed when you apply to renew or update your licence for other reasons.