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Driving Penalty Points & Endorsements

If you have committed an endorsable offence, the points are recorded at the DVLA either when you enter a guilty plea or when you accept a fixed penalty. The points remain on your licence for 4 – 11 years depending on the type of offence. Each offence has a code making it easier to identify on a record. You can check your endorsements by using the “my licence” section of the DVLA website.

Endorsements and penalty points and the law

Committing an endorsable offence can lead to penalty points being remaining on your licence for up to 11 years which in turn is likely to lead to paying higher insurance premiums. The number of penalty points you can receive is dependent on the type of driving case, and in some cases, whether there are any aggravating features. For example, in speeding cases, fixed penalty cases will lead to 3 points, but if your speed is higher a court may order up to 6 points. 

What are the most common endorsement offences?

The endorsement offences that are most commonly caused can be seen in the table below.

Offence Points
Undefined speed limit offence 3-6
Failing to adhere to traffic light signals 3
Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence 3-6
Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 3-6
Exceeding motorway speed limit 3-6
Exceeding public road speed limit 3-6
Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) 3-6
Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit 3-6
Driving without due care and attention 3-9 or disqualification
Failing to stop after an accident 5–10
Failure to give information as to identity of a driver 6
Using an uninsured vehicle 6–8 or disqualification
Driving/attempting to drive over the alcohol limit Disqualification for minimum 12 months unless “special reasons” when 3–11
Dangerous Driving Disqualification for minimum of 12 moths plus mandatory re test unless  “special reasons” when 3–11
Failing to supply a specimen for analysis Disqualification for minimum 12 months unless “special reasons” when 3 – 11

How long does an endorsement stay on your licence?

Generally, most offences will remain active for 3 years while the DVLA keep a record for 4 years. If you have committed a more serious offence, the endorsement will remain active for 10 years while also being on your licence for 11 years.

It is essential to understand that if you accumulate 12 or more penalty points within a three year period the court must disqualify you for a minimum of 6 months unless you can establish exceptional hardship or some other special mitigation. This disqualification, known as “totting up” will show as TT99 endorsement on your licence.

How can we help you?

Cartwright King can help you by ensuring that only the minimum points are applied to your licence and that arguments to keep you on the road are properly and professionally presented. You can be assured that you will always receive, high quality legal advice and representation from our experienced solicitors.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress that being prosecuted and potentially receiving points on your licence can cause and the severe consequences for you and your future insurance costs. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explaining the likely outcomes and fighting on your behalf.

How to make contact

If you require 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 Defence 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 BirminghamBedfordBoltonDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottinghamSheffield and Worcester.



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