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What happens if you get 6 points on your licence within 2 years of passing your test?

It’s pretty straight forward: if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test your licence will be revoked.

What exactly does revoked mean?

It means your licence gets taken away and you’ll have to go right back to the beginning - you’ll have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence, and pass your theory and practical driving tests again. All of which costs you time and money.

What happens if I get points before I pass my test?

Yes, you can get points on a licence you don't even have yet. If you speed or misbehave in any other way while you're learning and practising, you can face penalty points.

This is where it gets complicated. Even if you get 6 or more points on your provisional licence, you can still sit your test BUT if you then get any more points once you’ve passed your test then your licence will be revoked.


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Jess passed her test first time at 17 and took to the busy London streets in a battered but beloved 1988 white Fiat Uno. She writes for ingenie's Young Driver's Guide and blog. You can follow Jess on .

  • rox

    how many points we have in the first 2 years? thanks

    • Hi Rox,

      If you get 6 points or more within 2 years, you’ll lose your licence.

      Thanks,

      Honor

  • Jamie Holmes

    If your license is revoked do you have to go through the courts , or is it just sent away to the DVLA ?

    • Hi Jamie,

      If you exceed the number of points you’re allowed (12 within 3 years for someone who’s been driving more than 2 years / 6 within 2 years for a new driver), you’ll get a summons to go to court, where your disqualification will be decided. There’s more information here:

      https://www.gov.uk/driving-disqualifications/overview

      Hope that helps.

      Honor

      • Jamie Holmes

        If your license is taken off you and revoked , does this count as a conviction ?

        • If you mean is it a criminal conviction, it depends what you lost your licence for. I’ve called the DVLA and they don’t hold that information – you’d need to find out from the court that disqualifies you or the police. Sorry!

          Let me know if you need any more help.

          Honor

  • Hi Hussain,

    That’s something you’d need to ask either the DVLA or your solicitor as I can’t really guess at legal proceedings. You can check the status of your licence here: https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence but that might not have been updated yet so don’t take what you find as accurate just yet.

    Hope that helps!

    Honor

  • Hi Dean. Did you go to court? You should get a summons and then you’ll be told in court that your licence is revoked.

    You can then reapply after the period the judge tells you.

    Honor

  • Hi Rachel,

    You can see if the last lot of points were recorded on your licence here: https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

    I can’t really advise whether they’ll count against you because it’s a legal matter. If you do now have 6 points though, you will probably be disqualified.

    Honor

  • Hi Kazimieras, you can still take your test and you’ll be given your licence. However, if you get any more points in your first two years on the road, you’ll be disqualified. The points do transfer to your new licence, and they’ll stay for the full 4 years you keep points. You have to disclose them to insurers.

    Think very carefully about whether you’re ready to take your test if you’ve already got 6 points on your provisional. What happened?

    Honor

  • Jess Watson

    Hi, my boyfriend today has been caught on his phone and the new law means he has six points and his licence revoked straight away. is there any way he can avoid loosing his licence as he has a job earning £4000 a year and his job depends on his licence?

    • Hey Jess. Was he stopped by police? If he gets a summons to court, that’s when his licence status will be decided. It is a serious offence but it will depend on the outcome in court.

      Thanks,

      Honor

      • Jess Watson

        yeah he was but they didn’t say they were going to take it off him. he’s been driving for just under two years but has been given six points. are the court quite lenient as it would ruin his life if he lost it?

        • The information about it is here: https://www.gov.uk/penalty-points-endorsements/new-drivers

          The decision may just be given to him via post as it’s a pretty hard and fast rule, and if his licence is revoked, he’ll have to get a new provisional licence and retake his tests. There may be an appeal process but if he was caught on his phone, it’s not very likely it would be successful.

          Thanks,

          Honor

          • Jess Watson

            is there an amount of time he will have to wait before retaking his test or can he do it straight away

          • I’m not sure I’m afraid, Jess. He’ll need to call the DVLA to find out something like that.

            Honor

  • Hi Dina,

    At 6 points (which I think you’re saying is what you have?), your licence will probably be revoked. You should get a letter about that.

    Thanks,

    Honor

  • Bakerr Kwok

    hii I got 6 points before taking the test. Now I have the licence but I just got another 3 points. I am asked to send my licence to DVLA. Does it mean my licence will be revoked? thanks

    • Hi Bakerr, any points you get on your provisional licence get carried over to your full licence, so I think that’s what the DVSA are saying I’m afraid.

      Honor

  • Andy Bray

    I passed me driving test on April 4th 2016. So I was wondering does the 2 year probationary period (where u are allowed a maximum amount of 6 points what ever your age) expire on the date on April 4th or 5th 2018.i don’t have any points and bans atm, just wondering

    • Planning on going a bit GTA to celebrate, Andy? 😉

      In all honesty I’m not sure but I would imagine that on the second anniversary of your test pass you would be considered past your probationary period.

      Congratulations on making it through!

      Honor

  • Shauna Stevenson

    My boyfriend let me drive his car and the police court us and now we are going to court does this mean that he will get 6 points etc?
    He has been driving 2 years 🤚🤚

    • Hi Shauna,

      It’s likely you’ll both get points but I can’t guess how many. If your boyfriend has been driving 2 years or over, he may not lose his licence but if it’s less, it could go that way as 6 points is the maximum a new driver is allowed.

      There are several offences here: driving uninsured (and maybe unlicensed?) for you. Your boyfriend was acting as a supervising driver but violating the rules, which has its own penalty.

      Hope that clears it up for you.

      Thanks,

      Honor

  • Hi Bella,

    Sorry to hear about the accident but glad to hear everyone involved was OK.

    Your best option is to speak to the police officer’s who took the report as to what happens next. If they took statements from yourself and the pedestrian (or any witnesses) they may need to discuss what happened in more detail and what action to take. It could be seen as careless driving in which case there would be penalty points given, but it really does depend on the police report, the amount of damage, what the pedestrian’s statement was and any other circumstances at the time.

    If you call them they should be able to give you an update and some reassurance on this.

    Hope that helps,

    Thanks,
    Katey

  • Hi Bella,

    Notices from the DVSA usually take 2 weeks but I don’t know how long a summons would take if it was a court matter.

    Honor

  • Hi Ali,

    Losing your licence isn’t the same as being banned because you’re just sent back to the beginning of the process, not given a ban of any length. I would advise you to give them a ring to make sure because if you get it wrong, your insurance won’t be valid.

    Thanks,

    Honor