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Motoring offences can incur fines and 'endorsements'. An endorsement on your driving licence means that you have been given points which will remain on your licence until they expire - depending on the type of offence committed, this is usually four or eleven years.

You can check your penalty points status for your licence online. You can also create a code to share your driving record with others such an employer or car hire company.

Endorsements and Penalty Points

Endorsements carry a number of penalty points ranging from one to eleven.

Endorsements will show on your driver record with DVLA.

Serious Driving Offences

The penalty points that result from a serious offence will stay on your licence for eleven years from the date of conviction.

Other Driving Offences

With less serious offences, penalty points remain on the licence for four years.

This includes reckless or dangerous driving. It also includes offences resulting in disqualification, and offences where you have been disqualified until you've passed a driving test.

Accruing Penalty Points

Points accrue over periods of three years. 12 penalty points are the maximum number of points allowed before becoming liable to disqualification.

New Drivers

The above is reduced to six points if you are a new driver (passed test within 2 years). If you reach six points in the two years since you passed your test, you'll be disqualified and your licence taken away.

Last updated: Thursday 30th May 2019

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