When Can I Have Drink Driving Taken Off My Licence?


I have read that after 5 years I can apply to court to have a DR10 taken off my licence. The conviction is over 5 years ago and I have had no offences since that time. Incidentally I was only 1mg over the limit (81mg) if this also goes in my favour. Please could you tell me whether this is feasible?

Dominic Says:

I’m afraid that drink driving offences stay on your licence for 11 years from the date of offence. They are effective for 10 of those years and if you get a conviction for a similar matter within that 10 year period you get a minimum 3 year ban.

I think you maybe confusing the rehabilitation period for the offence. You are classed as rehabilitated and the conviction is spent after 5 years if you got a fine. That’s a different issue to the ban and endorsement effects.

About Dominic Smith

With a comprehensive knowledge of Uk motoring law, Dominic is an invaluable member of the Patterson Law team his specialist areas include; - drink-driving - failing to name driver - failing to stop - failing to report - special reasons arguments
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