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Driving without a licence

At Cartwright King we understand that motoring mistakes can be made and the consequences of driving without a licence can have a serious impact on your quality of life. If you have been caught driving without a licence, you have committed a motoring offence which can lead to points on your licence. We are available to represent you throughout the entire legal process and can assist wherever you are based.

Driving without a licence and the law

If you do not have a full driving licence, it is imperative that you do not operate a vehicle, unless you are a ‘learner driver’ and have a full licence owner sat with you. If you choose not to, you stand a very high chance of being caught as the Police have the technology to track if your car is insured, MOT’d and if you have a valid licence. Driving while you do not have a full driving licence is a serious motoring offence and can lead to serious punishments and fines. This is also moderated by the DVLA who will put you on their records of not having a full driving licence.

What punishment could you face?

Under the LC10 conviction code driving without a full driving licence can lead to 3-6 points on your licence and a potential fine of up to £1000. Additionally, if you drive without a licence and caught Driving Without Insurance, you can be given a further 6-8 penalty points on top of the points you received for the initial offence and a fine of up to £5000. If the Courts feel it necessary, they have the authority to ban you from obtaining a full licence for a period of time that they see fit. 

The punishments you can face therefore are the following:

  • Penalty points on your licence
  • Fines of up to £5000
  • Face a ban of acquiring a driving licence for a period of time
  • Additional costs from potential car insurers
  • Difficulties finding employment in certain job fields
  • Paying for any damages you may have caused

If you have been charged with driving without a full licence, it is in your best interests to contact a motoring solicitor at your earliest convenience. At Cartwright King, we are readily available to guide you throughout the legal process and represent you in court.

Can you reduce the sentence?

Although driving without a full driving licence is deemed as an ‘absolute offence’, you can be given credit for entering a guilty plea early in the proceedings. If you are a first time offender and you enter a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity, you are likely to be given a more lenient sentence than if you are a repeat offender and maintain you are not guilty. When entering a guilty plea, depending on the circumstances, you can use ‘special reasons’ to argue your case as to why you unintentionally committed the offence.  

What are ‘special reasons’?

A ‘special reason’ is something that does not amount to a defence, but is connected with the offence. It must be a mitigating circumstance and something which the court should properly take into account. These cases often raise complex issues and it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity if you think your case may amount to a ‘special reasons’ situation. Our motoring team are on hand to discuss your options and represent you in court.

Who are the DVLA? 

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is the UK enforced organisation formed in 1965 that is responsible for maintaining the database of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. The information that they attain help them improve road safety, reduce vehicle related crime, support environmental initiatives and limit vehicle tax evasion.

How can we help you?

At Cartwright King we will review your circumstances carefully and ensure that you receive the essential, high quality legal advice and representation that our solicitors have to offer.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress that being accused of driving without a licence can cause and the potential knock on effects that losing your licence can have on your family and your career. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explaining the likely outcomes and fighting on your behalf to save your licence.

How to make contact

If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Motoring team on and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Motoring solicitors can provide advice across the country and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottingham and Sheffield.

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