How long do points stay on my licence?

When convicted of a motoring offence it is generally the case that you can have a fine and points added to your licence (endorsed). Depending on the offence, points can stay on your licence from four to eleven years. Endorsement codes and penalty points are applied either to the old style paper driving licence or the counterpart of the newer photo card driving licences.

When do points come off my licence?

Depending on the offence, points can stay on your licence up to a maximum of 11 years. The following table lists the offences, offence codes, time they stay on the licence and from what date.

  • Drink/Drug Driving (DR10, DR20, DR30 and DR80). 11 years from the date of conviction
  • Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs (CD40, CD50 and CD60). 11 years from the date of conviction
  • Causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis (CD70). 11 years from the date of conviction
  • Reckless/dangerous driving (DD40, DD60 and DD80). 4 years from the date of conviction
  • Offences resulting in disqualification. 4 years from the date of conviction
  • Disqualified from holding a full driving licence until a driving test has been passed. 4 years from the date of conviction
  • In all other offences. 4 years from the date of offence

If you receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) or Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for an offence be careful if you are calculating whether or not the offence will push you up to 12 points (totter). For example if you had 9 points on the day of a 3 point speeding offence you would be treated as a totter, accumulating the maximum 12 points on your licence.

Totting-up & New Drivers

If you find yourself with 12 points on your licence within a period of 3 years you will be facing a TT99, totting-up disqualification. For newly qualified drivers, if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test your licence will be automatically revoked.

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