How long do points stay on your licence?

How long points stay on your licence?

If you’ve been charged with a driving conviction, you’ll want to learn from the past and move forwards towards the future. You can be convicted of over 50 different offences that can result in getting points on your licence. But how long do those points last? Here's a general guide to penalty points.

Date of Offence vs. Date of Conviction

The key distinction when it comes to driving convicted points is whether the points apply from the date of the offence or the conviction. "Date of offence" means from the date you committed the act, while date of conviction means your penalty points apply from the date of a court conviction, which could be months or even years after you committed the offence.

Bad Driving

If you’ve been convicted of a speeding conviction, you will have received as many as 6 points on your licence. These points last for 4 years from the date of the offence.Accident offences can result in as many as 10 points being put on your licence. These will remain on your licence for 4 years from the date of the offence. Dangerous driving convictions can land you anywhere between 3 and 11 points on your licence. Once convicted, these will remain for 4 years from this date.

Driving Under the Influence

If you’ve been caught driving under the influence of alcohol, you will have received anywhere between 3 and 11 points on your licence. For most drink driving offences, your points will remain on your licence 11 years from the date of the offence. For charges for being in control of, or attempting to drive, a vehicle while drunk, your points will remain on your licence 4 years from the date of the conviction.Being under the effects of drugs you can land anywhere between 3 to 11 points on your driving licence. Like drink driving offences, most convictions stay on your licence for 11 years from the date of the offence. Being in charge of a vehicle while under the effect of drugs will result in points remaining on your licence for 4 years following the date of the offence.

Driving When You Shouldn't

If convicted of driving without insurance, you will have received between 6 to 8 points that will remain on your licence for 4 years from the date of the offence. If you’ve been caught driving while disqualified, you will receive 6 points on your licence which will stay on your driving licence for 4 years from the day of the offence.The article was produced in collaboration with Keith Michaels, a specialist car insurance supplier.