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Apply to court or DVLA to get licence back after ban?

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George 30 Aug 2009

Do you apply to the courts or the dvla to have your licence back after 2 years of a 3 year ban and what are the chances of having it returned early if you have re offended during the ban?


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helena 18 Oct 2019

Who to apply to get licence back after driving ban?

Hi, how do I go about getting my licence back? I got a 2 year ban and it is long up although I never applied for it straight back. How do I go about getting it back now? Who do I apply to?


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gices 18 Oct 2019

If your driving ban is over now, you can request your licence through the DVLA. As a matter of fact, the DVLA sends a reminder to your last known address so that you can apply for your licence back just before your disqualification is over. If you didn't get any reminders from the DVLA, you can fill a D1 application form (application for a driving licence, which you can get from the post office, print online from DirectGov website or call DVLA to get one) and send it to DVLA with the correct fee enclosed.

Usually you will get your driving licence back after 3 weeks once they've received your application. Good luck and let me know how it goes for you.

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tuggyboy 08 Dec 2010

I don't really know about things like this so not sure. I know I've been bad before but could really do with licence back due to me having two kids that stay 60miles away.

anonymous_2 15 Jun 2010

How do I apply for my licience back 1 year earlier than my 3 year ban?

gices 01 Sep 2009


You need to apply at the court which sentenced you in the first place and request for your licence to be returned to you. It is at the discretion of the court to return your licence earlier than your driving ban expiry date and they will consider things like past convictions and any re-offence which has been made after the ban on top of having a valid reason for making the application.