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Driving endorsement codes and penalty points

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February 14, 2020
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In the UK, driving endorsements are penalty points added to your licence in the event of an offence. DVLA driving convictions range from accident and speeding offences to points for driving without valid tax or insurance. 

Read our driving offence codes list for details on the most common driving licence endorsements and the number of points each one incurs.

Accident offences

DVLA codeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
AC10AC10 convictions are given if the driver fails to stop after an accident5-104 years
AC20AC20 convictions are given if the driver fails to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours5-104 years
AC30AC30 convictions are given for undefined accident offences4-94 years

Disqualified driver offences

DVLA codeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
BA10The BA10 conviction is given for driving while disqualified by court order64 years
BA30BA30 convictions are given for attempting to drive while disqualified by court order64 years
BA40BA40 convictions are given for causing death while driving disqualified by court order3-114 years

Careless driving offences

DVLA codeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
CD10The CD10 conviction is given for driving without due care and attention3-94 years
CD20CD20 is given for driving without reasonable consideration for others using the road3-94 years
CD30The CD30 conviction is given for driving without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for others using the road3-94 years
CD40CD40 convictions are given for causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink3-1111 years
CD50CD50 is given for causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs3-1111 years
CD60CD60 convictions are given for causing death by careless driving when alcohol level is above the limit3-1111 years
CD670CD70 is given for causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis3-1111 years
CD80CD80 is given for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving3-114 years
CD90The CD90 conviction is given for causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured3-114 years
 

Construction and use offences

DVLA codeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
CU10CU10 is given for using a vehicle with defective brakes34 years
CU20The CU20 conviction is given for causing, or likelihood to cause, danger by reason of use of an unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories in a dangerous condition. This excludes brakes, steering or tyres34 years
CU30The CU30 conviction is given for using a vehicle with a defective tyre or tyres34 years
CU40CU40 is given for using a vehicle with defective steering34 years
CU50CU50 is given for causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers34 years
CU80The CU80 conviction is given for breaching requirements for controlling the vehicle, such as using a mobile phone or other handheld device3-64 years

Dangerous or reckless driving offences

DVLA codeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
DD10The DD10 conviction is given for causing serious injury by driving dangerously3-114 years
DD40The DD40 conviction is given for dangerous driving. It replaces the DD30 reckless driving conviction.3-114 years
DD60DD60 is given for committing manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving3-114 years
DD80DD80 is given for causing death by driving dangerously3-114 years
DD90The DD90 conviction is given for furious driving3-94 years

Driving under the influence

DVLA codeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
DG10The DG10 conviction is given for driving or attempting to drive when the drug level is above the specified limit3-1111 years
DG40DG40 is given to those in charge of a vehicle while their drug level is above the specified limit104 years
DG60DG60 is given for causing death by careless driving when the drug level is above the specified limit3-114 years
DR20DR20 covers those who drive or attempt to drive while unfit due to high levels of alcohol
DR80The DR80 conviction is given for driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs3-1111 years
DR90DR90 is given when those in charge of a vehicle are unfit through drugs104 years

Insurance, tax and licence offences

DVLA codeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
LC20The LC20 conviction, similar to LC10, is given for driving not in accordance with a licence3-64 years
LC30LC30 covers those caught driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence3-64 years
LC40LC40 is given for driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability3-64 years
LC50LC50 is given for driving after a licence has been revoked or refused on medical grounds3-64 years
IN10The IN10 conviction is the driving without insurance code – relating to using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks6-84 years
IN14The IN14 conviction involves causing or permitting an uninsured driver to use a vehicle without third party cover6-84 years
 

Motorway driving offences

DVLA codeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
MW10The MW10 conviction covers any driver found to be in contravention of special roads regulations, including motorway speeding limits34 years

Offences relating to traffic directions and signs

DVLA codeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
TS10The TS10 conviction is given to those who fail to comply with traffic light signals34 years
TS20The TS20 conviction is given to those who fail to comply with double white lines34 years
TS30TS30 is given to those who fail to comply with the ‘stop’ sign34 years
TS40TS40 is given to those who fail to comply with the directions of a constable or warden34 years
TS50TS50 covers those who fail to comply with a traffic sign. This excludes ‘stop’ signs, traffic lights or double white lines34 years
TS60The TS60 conviction is given to drivers who fail to comply with a school crossing patrol sign34 years
TS70TS70 is given for an undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign34 years
 

Pedestrian crossing offences

DVLA CodeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
PC10The PC10 conviction is given for an undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations34 years
PC20PC20 is given for a contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with a moving vehicle34 years
PC30PC30 covers drivers found in contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with a stationary vehicle34 years

Speeding offences

DVLA CodeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
SP10SP10 is given for exceeding goods vehicle speed limits3-64 years
SP20SP20 is the conviction code given for exceeding a speed limit for a type of vehicle. This excludes goods or passenger vehicles3-64 years
SP30The SP30 conviction is given for exceeding a statutory speed limit on a public road3-64 years
SP40SP40 is given for exceeding a passenger vehicle speed limit3-64 years
SP50SP50 convictions are given for exceeding the speed limit on a motorway3-64 years
 

Miscellaneous driving endorsement codes

DVLA CodeOffencePoints on licenceHow long the points will stay on your licence
MS10MS10 is given for leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position34 years
MS20MS20 is given for unlawful pillion riding34 years
MS30The MS30 conviction is given for play street offences24 years
MS50MS50 covers drivers caught motor racing on the highway3-114 years
MS60MS60 is given for offences not covered by other codes, including offences relating to a breach of requirements as to the control of a vehicle34 years
MS70The MS70 conviction code covers those driving with uncorrected defective eyesight34 years
MS80MS80 is given for refusal to submit an eyesight test34 years
MS90The MS90 conviction is given for failure to provide information as to the identity of a driver, etc64 years
 

How long will driving endorsements stay on my licence?

A driving offence will stay on your licence for between four and 11 years, depending on the endorsement. The points will be declared either from the day of the offence or the day you’re convicted of the offence.

An endorsement remains valid for the first three years of a four-year conviction and the first 10 years of an 11-year conviction.

You may have to declare the points on your licence for longer than the conviction due to a rehabilitation period. Take a look at our full guide to declaring points on your licence for more information on this.

 

How might driving offence convictions impact my insurance?

Any of the convictions listed here can have a knock-on effect on your insurance premium. For instance, driving under the influence can have a huge impact on your quote, although there are specialist insurers like Adrian Flux that aim to offer fair and affordable insurance for drink drivers.

No matter the offence, we’re experienced in offering tailored insurance cover for convicted drivers. Contact the team to get a quote now.




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