driving licence disqualification and retestThe majority of people who are disqualified from driving in the United Kingdom, including totting up offences, will not need to retake their driving test.

Any ban or disqualification for less than 56 days will not need to retake the test.

For a disqualification of 56 days or more you will not need to retake your driving test unless your disqualification is determined by the court to be until “test pass” or “extended test pass”.

If you are banned for 56 days or more and are not considered a “High Risk Offender” then you should receive a notification from the DVLA 56 days before the ban expires inviting you to reapply for your licence.

If you are a high risk offender you will need to undergo a medical examination as part of the licence reapplication process.

You will be considered a high risk offender if:


  • were convicted of 2 drink driving offences within 10 years
  • were driving with an alcohol reading of at least 87.5 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, 200 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, or 
267.5 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
  • refused to give the police a sample of breath, blood or urine to test for alcohol
  • refused to allow a sample of your blood to be tested for alcohol (eg if it was taken when you were unconscious)


If you receive you r new driving licence before the end of your ban you are not allowed to drive until the start date of the new licence.

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