Driving License Points: The Facts
Penalty points are often given in the event of a motorist being convicted of a traffic offence, and are also referred to as endorsements.
In the event of points being given, the lowest amount that can be received is two points for lesser offences and for serious offences the maximum
given is eleven, with the majority of offences warranting three points or more penalty points. In certain cases points are given for multiple occurrences
of the same crime(for example if more than one tyre is defective) and penalty points are usually obligatory but the actual number of points is
Each type of endorsement has a unique offence code and the points are recorded on the counterpart to the photo license and upon conviction you will
need to produce this to either the fixed penalty office (FPO), the police, or at your court appearance, so the points can be added.
Depending on the offence the endorsements must stay on your license for either four or eleven years. It is four years if you have committed
reckless/dangerous driving, offences resulting in disqualification or have been disqualified from driving until a driving test has been passed, and eleven
years if the conviction is related to drinking or drugs and driving, causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, or
causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
If after you have received points, you are convicted for another offence you can still be given points and if in any three year period you receive more
than 12 then as part of the totting up system you will lose your license. Furthermore in the first two years of driving this number reduces to six points
and so after a period of disqualification you must retake your test.
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