Driving licence points checker - see what's on yours now

With millions of British drivers having points on their licence for the likes speeding it’s essential to check the DVLA has a correct and up to date record of points recorded against you. Here we look at a fast, free and official online tool to check how many points the DVLA says you have on your driving licence.

Use this guide to ensure the tally is correct and, if not, how to have it updates to show the true number – helping you save money on the likes of insuring cars and making sure you’re not turned down for hiring vehicles – or even prevented from getting some jobs.

Here is how you can instantly check how many endorsements are currently registered against you by the DVLA.

Speed camera giving out fines and penalty points on driving licencesFind out how many points you have on your licence right now (Credit: pxhere.com)

How to check for points on your driving licence?

The DVLA has an online tool that allows drivers to check their licence to see how many points they have on their licence and when they are scheduled to be removed. Checking this record is correct could be a smart move after Covid restrictions and industrial action caused huge backlogs at the DVLA which may have impacted such services.

To view your licence, you will need the following information at hand before you start:

Your driving licence number – photocard or paper licences can both be checked

Your national insurance number – you can find your national insurance number here if you don’t know it

You will also need the post code that is printed on your licence.

With this information to hand, you can now view your driving licence information by logging in to the official Gov.UK site here.

Incorrect penalty points on your licence?

If the penalty points (endorsements) are wrong – the type of offence etc – then you will need to contact the court that convicted you. Contacting the DVLA will not help you get them adjusted.

How to remove expired penalty points from your driving licence  

In most cases, expired endorsements will automatically be removed from your driving record with no action required.

However, if you believe an endorsement is still on your record when it should have been removed, you will need to contact the DVLA to discuss the situation. You may be required to send supporting documentation from the court that issued the penalty points.

Will the points be removed from my physical driving licence?

Photocard driving licences do not have records of penalty points recorded on the physical document, so there is no need to obtain a new document from the DVLA.

Drivers with paper licences will see that a record of offences is recorded on the physical licence, so a new document will be required to remove the expired penalty points. This will mean swapping the paper licence for a new photocard version.

How long do points affect the likes of car insurance or employment issues?

You can see below for how long penalty points remain on your licence, but the reality of how they can be referred to by courts ruling on subsequent offences, or insurance companies deciding premiums, is slightly more complicated.

While points can remain on your driving licence for four or 11 years, it is only ‘valid’ for the first three years for a four-year endorsement and 10 years for an 11-year endorsement. Even though it will remain on the licence for the full term.

Courts can take points into account during both while they are valid and if it still on your licence when the case is heard.

However, the likes of insurers and employers might be able to find out about and act on points at any time for a four-year offence, but only during the first five years of an 11-year endorsement. This falls to the first 30 months of the longer endorsement if the person is under 18.

How long do points stay on your licence?

Penalty points, or endorsements as they are also known, remain on a driving licence for a period of between 4 – 11 years. This is why it’s important to ensure that your record is up to date – or you could risk spending hundreds of pounds extra on insurance. You could also miss out on jobs, or be refused when attempting to hire a vehicle.

How many points should I have and how long should they be on my driving licence?

Now that you know how many points are on your licence and why they are there, you an use the following table check that the endorsements are correct and have not expired. The following table is available on Gov.UK

Accident offences

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
AC10 Failing to stop after an accident 5 to 10
AC20 Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours 5 to 10
AC30 Undefined accident offences 4 to 9

Disqualified driver

Codes BA10 and BA30 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of court 6
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court 6

Codes BA40 and BA60 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
BA40 Causing death by driving while disqualified 3 to 11
BA60 Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified 3 to 11

Careless driving

Codes CD10 to CD30 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
CD10 Driving without due care and attention 3 to 9
CD20 Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users 3 to 9
CD30 Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users 3 to 9

Codes CD40 to CD70 must stay on a driving record for 11 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
CD40 Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink 3 to 11
CD50 Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs 3 to 11
CD60 Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit 3 to 11
CD70 Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis 3 to 11

Codes CD80 and CD90 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
CD80 Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving 3 to 11
CD90 Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers 3 to 11

Construction and use offences

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
CU10 Using a vehicle with defective brakes 3
CU20 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition 3
CU30 Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s) 3
CU40 Using a vehicle with defective steering 3
CU50 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers 3
CU80 Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, such as using a mobile phone 3 to 6

Reckless/dangerous driving

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
DD10 Causing serious injury by dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD40 Dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD60 Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle 3 to 11
DD80 Causing death by dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD90 Furious driving 3 to 9

Drink

Codes DR10 to DR61 must stay on a driving record for 11 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
DR10 Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit 3 to 11
DR20 Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink 3 to 11
DR30 Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis 3 to 11
DR31 Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity 3 to 11
DR61 Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 10

Codes DR40 to DR70 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence or 4 years from date of conviction where a disqualification is imposed.

Code Offence Penalty points
DR40 In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit 10
DR50 In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink 10
DR60 Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 10
DR70 Failing to co-operate with a preliminary test 4

Drugs

These codes must stay on a driving record for 11 years from the date of the conviction.

Code Offence Penalty points
DG10 Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit 3 to 11
DG60 Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit 3 to 11
DR80 Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs 3 to 11

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence or 4 years from date of conviction where a disqualification is imposed.

Code Offence Penalty points
DG40 In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit 10
DR70 Failing to co-operate with a preliminary test 4
DR90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs 10

Insurance offences

Code IN10 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
IN10 Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks 6 to 8

Licence offences

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
LC20 Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence 3 to 6
LC30 Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence 3 to 6
LC40 Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability 3 to 6
LC50 Driving after a licence has been cancelled (revoked) or refused on medical grounds 3 to 6

Miscellaneous offences

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 3
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding 3
MS30 Play street offences 2
MS50 Motor racing on the highway 3 to 11
MS60 Offences not covered by other codes (including offences relating to breach of requirements as to control of vehicle) 3
MS70 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight 3
MS80 Refusing to submit to an eyesight test 3
MS90 Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc 6

Motorway offences

Code MW10 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
MW10 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits) 3

Pedestrian crossings

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
PC10 Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations 3
PC20 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle 3
PC30 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle 3

Speed limits

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
SP10 Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 3 to 6
SP20 Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) 3 to 6
SP30 Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road 3 to 6
SP40 Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit 3 to 6
SP50 Exceeding speed limit on a motorway 3 to 6

Traffic direction and signs

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
TS10 Failing to comply with traffic light signals 3
TS20 Failing to comply with double white lines 3
TS30 Failing to comply with ‘stop’ sign 3
TS40 Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden 3
TS50 Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding ‘stop’ signs, traffic lights or double white lines) 3
TS60 Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign 3
TS70 Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign 3

Special code

Code TT99 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of conviction.

It shows disqualification under ‘totting-up’ - if the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, the driver can be disqualified.

Theft or unauthorised taking

Code UT50 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence.

Code Offence Penalty points
UT50 Aggravated taking of a vehicle 3 to 11

‘Mutual recognition’ codes

You’ll get an ‘MR’ code on your driving record if you’re disqualified while driving in Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man. Your disqualification period will also be valid in GB and will stay on your record for 4 years from the date of conviction.

Code Offence
MR09 Reckless or dangerous driving (whether or not resulting in death, injury or serious risk)
MR19 Wilful failure to carry out the obligation placed on driver after being involved in a road accident (hit or run)
MR29 Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance affecting or diminishing the mental and physical abilities of a driver
MR39 Driving a vehicle faster than the permitted speed
MR49 Driving a vehicle whilst disqualified
MR59 Other conduct constituting an offence for which a driving disqualification has been imposed by the State of Offence
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