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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