Driving Without a Licence

If you have been charged with driving without a licence, you could face serious punishment such as a fine, penalty points and a driving ban. However, with the help of JMW's expert motoring solicitors you may be able to build a strong defence that will reduce the penalties you ultimately receive for the offence.

To speak to our lawyers, who have years of experience working in this field, simply call us on 0800 804 8159 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back. We will be happy to discuss your case with you, regardless of your circumstances.

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Driving Without a Licence Explained

Driving without a licence is a serious offence that can carry significant penalties. Under the Road Traffic Act 1998, it is an offence to drive a vehicle without a licence that is appropriate to a vehicle of that particular class. Likewise, it is not permitted to drive a vehicle on a provisional licence unless the driver is accompanied in the car by a full licence holder aged 21 or over who has held their licence for at least three years. 'L' plates must also be displayed on the vehicle used in such situations.

If you have passed your driving test, you will only be allowed to drive certain types of vehicles that are covered by the licence. To operate other vehicles, such as passenger carrying vehicles, buses, heavy goods vehicles or motorbikes, you will be required to pass further driving tests in order to obtain the correct licence. Should you be found to be driving such a vehicle and you only hold a normal driving licence for a car, you could face a penalty for driving without a licence.


There are a number of circumstances under which you may be charged with driving without a licence. Firstly, if you have not passed a driving test but have been caught behind the wheel, you may be given:

  • Between three and six penalty points for when you do have a licence
  • A maximum fine of £1,000
  • A possible ban, enforceable when you do pass your test

In addition, if you are a learner driver, only hold a provisional licence and are caught driving without a supervisor who is over 21 and has held a licence for three years or more, without 'L' plates displayed on the vehicle, you could face similar penalties.

Furthermore, you could be punished if you have an ordinary or specific kind of driving licence but are caught driving a different vehicle, such as a large goods vehicle (LGV).

It is therefore imperative that should you face a penalty for driving without a licence, in whatever form it takes, you seek the right legal guidance to help you through what can be a difficult process to give you the very best chance of limiting or avoiding punishment. 

Driving Whilst Disqualified

If you are caught driving whilst disqualified, you could be arrested and taken to the police station for questioning. It is a very serious offence that can bring with it six penalty points and a fine of up to £5,000. Further punishment can also include a prolonged period of disqualification, community service and even imprisonment for up to six months.

Seeking legal assistance is therefore imperative should you ever be found to be driving at a time when you have already been disqualified. 

Why Choose JMW?

If you have been caught driving without a licence, it is important you speak to specialist solicitors who can guide you through the process and make sure you are given every chance of defending your case successfully.

At JMW, we have vast experience in helping people in such circumstances, enabling you to successfully navigate your way through this tricky aspect of law. Our team is highly knowledgeable and will guide you throughout the process, ensuring you are kept up to date of any developments and have the peace of mind that everything is being taken care of as it should be.

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Find out more about how we can help you defend your driving without a licence charges by getting in touch today. Simply call us on 0800 804 8159 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back at a time convenient for you.  

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