If I am banned from driving can I drive as soon as the disqualification has ended?

If you receive a ‘short period disqualification’ of less than 56 days then your licence will be stamped by the court and handed back to you immediately after the court hearing. This means that at the end of your disqualification, you will be able to return to the road.

If you receive a disqualification of 56 days or more, you will have to renew your driving licence with the DVLA. If you have been disqualified from driving for an alcohol related driving offence, dependent on the circumstances you may have to undergo a DVLA medical under the high risk offender scheme before your licence is returned to you. You will have to undergo the medical if:

  • The court disqualifies you for being over two and a half times the legal limit. In other words, if you alcohol reading equalled or exceeded:

    1. 87.5 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath; or
    2. 200 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood; or
    3. 267.5 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine.
  • You are disqualified for failing, without reasonable excuse, to provide a specimen of blood/breath/urine for analysis when required to do so; or
  • You are disqualified on two or more occasions within a period of 10 years for an alcohol related driving offence.

For more information on how you could possibly avoid a disqualification from driving or advice on how to get your licence back, contact our specialist motoring offence solicitors on 0800 804 8159, or read more in our driving offence section.

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