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Applying for a Driving License After Disqualification

Losing your driving licence can have a devastating impact on your business, family and personal life, so it is understandable that you will want to get it back as soon as possible. Our driving licence restoration solicitors can ensure you get your licence back at the earliest opportunity, whatever your circumstances.

Our specialist driving offences solicitors have over 30 years of experience in all areas of road traffic law, including helping clients secure the return of their licences. We work promptly to ensure any application to restore your licence is considered at the earliest opportunity, helping to minimise the disruption to your life.

If you have been banned from driving for more than 2 years, you can apply for your licence to be restored, revoking the outstanding disqualification period.

For bans of less than 4 years, you can apply after 2 years, while applications relating to disqualifications of 4 to 10 years can be made once half the sentence has been served. For bans in excess of 10 years, you can apply after 5 years.

If you were banned for 2 years or less, you will not be able to apply at all – although you could launch an appeal if there are exceptional grounds.

We can also help in cases where the DVLA has either revoked a license on medical grounds or refused to issue one for the same reason.

If you have been disqualified from driving, our highly skilled motoring offences lawyers can help to have your driving licence restored as quickly as possible. To find out more, please contact us.

How our solicitors can help you to have your driving licence restored

If you have been disqualified from driving for any reason, our highly experienced motoring offences lawyers can advise you on the fastest route to restoring your licence.

Depending on the circumstances, this may mean waiting until you are eligible to apply for you licence to be restored or it could mean launching an appeal against your conviction to try to have the original driving ban overturned.

Reapplying for your licence following a disqualification

If you have been disqualified from driving, you will normally have to wait for the disqualification period to be nearing its end before you can apply for your licence to be restored.

For most offenders, you will be able to apply for a new licence from 56 days before your disqualification ends, while for high risk offenders you will be able to apply from 90 days before your disqualification ends. This is to take account of the need for high risk offenders to pass a medical exam.

Depending on the nature of your driving offence, you may need to retake your theory and practical test to qualify for a new licence.

Applying to have the length of your driving disqualification reduced

If your driving ban was for more than 2 years, you may be able to apply to a court to reduce the length of your ban after a certain length of time has passed. You must have a good reason for the ban to be reduced, such as believing the court made a legal mistake or that there were other mitigating factors the court failed to take into account.

The period after which you can apply for a reduction is:

  • For a ban of less than 4 years – 2 years
  • For a ban of at least 4 years, but less than 10 years – half the disqualification period
  • For bans of 10 years of more – 5 years

We strongly advise speaking to one of our specialist motoring offences solicitors before applying to have your driving disqualification reduced to ensure that you consider all of the potential mitigating factors and are able to present the best possible case.

Appealing a driving disqualification

If you believe there were errors in the way your case was handled, it may be possible to challenge the original ruling using one of the following 4 procedures:

Statutory declaration – If you were prosecuted and/or convicted in your absence and you had a good reason for not attending we can have the original conviction or sentence cancelled with a statutory declaration and have the proceedings restarted.

Application to reopen the case – It may be possible to have your case reopened if you were convicted or sentenced in Magistrates’ Court and were unable to attend for a valid reason, or you believe an error was made because the court did not have access to critical information.

Crown Court appeal – If you have been sentenced in Magistrates’ Court, you may be able to appeal to the Crown Court against your conviction or sentence, depending on the circumstances. This means your case will be reheard, potentially resulting in a different outcome to the original proceedings.

High Court appeal – If it appears that the court handling your case has made a legal error, it may be possible to have your case referred to the High Court for review.

Frequently Asked Questions about driving licence restoration

When can I reapply for my driving licence?

How long you must wait to reapply for your driving licence will depend on the sentence you receive, but for most offences you will be sent a licence renewal form from the DVLA 56 days before your disqualification ends, or 90 days before it ends if you are considered a ‘high risk offender’.

How do I apply for a new driving licence after a ban?

This will depend on a number of factors, including whether you were considered a ‘new driver’ when you received your ban or if you are classed as a ‘high risk offender’.

For most drivers, you will simply need to fill out and return a D27 form provided by the DVLA when your disqualification period is due to end.

However, if you were a new driver (i.e. were within 2 years of passing your test) when you received your disqualification, you will need to apply for a new provisional licence and retake both your theory and practical test.

If you are classed as a high risk offender, you will need to pass a medical examination from a DVLA doctor before you will be able to receive your new licence.

Can I get my driving licence restored early?

You may be able to have your licence restored early if your disqualification was for 2 years or more. In such cases, you will be able to apply for a reduction in the length of your ban after a qualifying period. You will need to demonstrate that there is a strong reason for a reduction e.g. that there were mitigating factors the court failed to take into account when handing down your original ban.

What to do if your driving licence has been revoked on medical grounds

If your licence was revoked on medical grounds, you can reapply when your doctor agrees that you are medically fit to drive.

Our expertise in driving licence restoration

Our driving licence restoration lawyers having been helping motorists dealing with driving bans to get their licences back for more than 30 years. With our experience and skilled advocacy, we can ensure you are able to recover your licence at the earliest opportunity.

We aim to offer a friendly but highly practical approach, taking the time to understand your situation and explain your legal options in plain English. We will then support, guide and represent you through every stage of the necessary legal proceedings, including offering the very best representation in court where required.

A key part of our client service is our focus on strong communication, meaning we will always ensure you are kept up-to-date and are never left in the dark over what is happening or what to expect next.

Minton Morrill’s lawyers are highly recommended by the Legal 500 and Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession. This is based on feedback from our clients and other professionals, thus giving an unbiased impression of the strength of our criminal defence services.

We are members of the Police Action Lawyers Group and have several Accredited Police Station Representatives and qualified Legal Aid Supervisors within our team. We have achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel Legal Practice Quality mark in recognition of the high standards we adhere to in our legal practice and client care. Minton Morrill is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), providing assurance that we meet the very highest legal and professional standards at all times.

Our individual solicitors have been recognised with a number of awards and other accolades, including the Law Society Excellence Award for Lawyer of the Year: Private Client, a Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Litigation Award and Leeds Advocate of the Year (decided by the District Judges of the region). Several of our solicitors have also been shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Get in touch with our driving licence restoration solicitors in Leeds

If you have been disqualified from driving for any reason in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire or anywhere in the wider North of England, our highly experienced motoring offences solicitors can help you get your licence restored as soon as possible.

Contact our driving licence restoration team now by calling 0113 245 8549 or using the enquiry form below to request a call back.

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