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Applying For Early Reinstatement of a Driving Licence

Applying For Early Reinstatement of a Driving Licence


If you are serving a disqualification it is sometimes possible to apply for the early return of your driving licence. Our motor law specialists have a proven track record of successful applications that allow drivers to return to the roads before their original ban has been served however there are strict criteria an applicant must satisfy.


We can only apply for the early return of your licence under the following circumstances:


  • If Disqualified for 4 Years or Less: You must have served at least 2 years of your disqualification.
  • If Disqualified for 4 Years to 10 Years: At least ONE HALF of your disqualification must have been served
  • In Any Other Case: 5 years of your disqualification must have been served.


NOTE: An application cannot be made if the court has ordered a “retest” to be completed which is most common in cases of dangerous driving.


The Application Process


Once the required length of disqualification has been served, a hearing needs to be listed in the Magistrates’ Court that imposed the original disqualification.


A persuasive argument is required and the court will want to know about any change in your personal circumstances that could help justify the early return of your licence. By way of summary, the court will likely consider:


  • Your character and conduct following conviction;
  • The nature of the offence for which disqualification was ordered;
  • Any other relevant circumstances (E.g. Employment status, family/personal)


Applications are likely to be opposed by the police/CPS and it is crucial that you are represented to give your application the best chance of being successful. If your application fails, you will have to wait 3 months before you can make another attempt.


If you are considering such an application then please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss its merits. We will provide you with a frank opinion on whether we think your application can be successful and if you decide to proceed with your application, we can offer you a fixed fee for our representation.


Need help to apply for driving licence after ban? Please contact us on 020 7923 4020!


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