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Return of licence early for 3 year drink driving ban

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Jack_1 09 May 2009


I lost my licence in june 2007 for drink driving. I live in sunderland but work in london. I normally fly to heathrow but sometimes when I can't get flight my wife would drive me down but we have had a baby so it's difficult for her to drive me. Also I'm going into hospital for surgery and there are going to be many appointments afterwards - again it's going to be difficult. I was banned for 3 years and have not re-offended. I was just wondering if I have a good chance of getting my licence back earlier (after two years june 2009)


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mikeymongan 03 Apr 2011

Hi I got a 3 year ban for 2 drink driving in the last 10 years, I have almost have 2 years done I need to drive for my new job please let me know does it look good for me

anonymous_2 09 Apr 2010

hi there. i was given a 3year ban on the 19.1.09 and was wondering what would the chances be with me getting my license back after 2 years as i have got a bit of history with drink driving but i feel i have grown up now and its difficult for me to get to and from work so what do you think?

anonymous_2 02 Aug 2013

You've got no chance idiot

gices 17 Oct 2009


What you heard is correct. You need to apply in writing to the court where you were sentenced.

Martin_4 14 Oct 2009

I have read your comments regarding applying to the DVLA after 2 years (if you have a 3 year ban). Is that correct as I was told that you had to apply back to the court where you were convicted and the magistrate would hear your request to have licence returned early. Please could you clarify.

gices 28 Aug 2009


You can request to have your licence back after 30 months (2.5 years) and you need a valid reason for it. However it's upto the court to remove the ban and inform DVLA to return your licence early.

ShahidMajid 25 Jul 2009


I was given a 5 year ban for dangerous driving and I am just wondering when will I be able to re apply for my license again and do I have to have reasons to apply for it?

gices 10 May 2009


As you have seen on my article on early return of licence for drink driving offences, you can apply to get it back after 2 years for a 3 year drink driving ban. You should contact the court which imposed the driving ban on you in June 2009 and tell them you're looking to get your licence back earlier and outline the circumstances you've described. If your criminal and motoring history are fine, then there should not really be a problem. However if there's anything that can affect your driving, then this may cause delays.

Good luck with your application and let us know how it goes in a month time when you've contacted the court.