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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 code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
AC10 AC10 convictions are given if the driver fails to stop after an accident 5-10 4 years
AC20 AC20 convictions are given if the driver fails to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours 5-10 4 years
AC30 AC30 convictions are given for undefined accident offences 4-9 4 years

Disqualified driver offences

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
BA10 The BA10 conviction is given for driving while disqualified by court order 6 4 years
BA30 BA30 convictions are given for attempting to drive while disqualified by court order 6 4 years
BA40 BA40 convictions are given for causing death while driving disqualified by court order 3-11 4 years

Careless driving offences

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
CD10 The CD10 conviction is given for driving without due care and attention 3-9 4 years
CD20 CD20 is given for driving without reasonable consideration for others using the road 3-9 4 years
CD30 The CD30 conviction is given for driving without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for others using the road 3-9 4 years
CD40 CD40 convictions are given for causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink 3-11 11 years
CD50 CD50 is given for causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs 3-11 11 years
CD60 CD60 convictions are given for causing death by careless driving when alcohol level is above the limit 3-11 11 years
CD670 CD70 is given for causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis 3-11 11 years
CD80 CD80 is given for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving 3-11 4 years
CD90 The CD90 conviction is given for causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured 3-11 4 years

 

Construction and use offences

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
CU10 CU10 is given for using a vehicle with defective brakes 3 4 years
CU20 The 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 tyres 3 4 years
CU30 The CU30 conviction is given for using a vehicle with a defective tyre or tyres 3 4 years
CU40 CU40 is given for using a vehicle with defective steering 3 4 years
CU50 CU50 is given for causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers 3 4 years
CU80 The CU80 conviction is given for breaching requirements for controlling the vehicle, such as using a mobile phone or other handheld device 3-6 4 years

 

Dangerous or reckless driving offences

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
DD10 The DD10 conviction is given for causing serious injury by driving dangerously 3-11 4 years
DD40 The DD40 conviction is given for dangerous driving. It replaces the DD30 reckless driving conviction. 3-11 4 years
DD60 DD60 is given for committing manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving 3-11 4 years
DD80 DD80 is given for causing death by driving dangerously 3-11 4 years
DD90 The DD90 conviction is given for furious driving 3-9 4 years

 

Driving under the influence

 

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
DG10 The DG10 conviction is given for driving or attempting to drive when the drug level is above the specified limit 3-11 11 years
DG40 DG40 is given to those in charge of a vehicle while their drug level is above the specified limit 10 4 years
DG60 DG60 is given for causing death by careless driving when the drug level is above the specified limit 3-11 4 years
DR20 DR20 covers those who drive or attempt to drive while unfit due to high levels of alcohol
DR80 The DR80 conviction is given for driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs 3-11 11 years
DR90 DR90 is given when those in charge of a vehicle are unfit through drugs 10 4 years

Insurance, tax and licence offences

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
LC20 The LC20 conviction, similar to LC10, is given for driving not in accordance with a licence 3-6 4 years
LC30 LC30 covers those caught driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence 3-6 4 years
LC40 LC40 is given for driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability 3-6 4 years
LC50 LC50 is given for driving after a licence has been revoked or refused on medical grounds 3-6 4 years
IN10 The IN10 conviction is the driving without insurance code – relating to using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks 6-8 4 years
IN14 The IN14 conviction involves causing or permitting an uninsured driver to use a vehicle without third party cover 6-8 4 years

 

Motorway driving offences

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
MW10 The MW10 conviction covers any driver found to be in contravention of special roads regulations, including motorway speeding limits 3 4 years

 

Offences relating to traffic directions and signs

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
TS10 The TS10 conviction is given to those who fail to comply with traffic light signals 3 4 years
TS20 The TS20 conviction is given to those who fail to comply with double white lines 3 4 years
TS30 TS30 is given to those who fail to comply with the ‘stop’ sign 3 4 years
TS40 TS40 is given to those who fail to comply with the directions of a constable or warden 3 4 years
TS50 TS50 covers those who fail to comply with a traffic sign. This excludes ‘stop’ signs, traffic lights or double white lines 3 4 years
TS60 The TS60 conviction is given to drivers who fail to comply with a school crossing patrol sign 3 4 years
TS70 TS70 is given for an undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign 3 4 years

 

Pedestrian crossing offences

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
PC10 The PC10 conviction is given for an undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations 3 4 years
PC20 PC20 is given for a contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with a moving vehicle 3 4 years
PC30 PC30 covers drivers found in contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with a stationary vehicle 3 4 years

 

Speeding offences

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
SP10 SP10 is given for exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 3-6 4 years
SP20 SP20 is the conviction code given for exceeding a speed limit for a type of vehicle. This excludes goods or passenger vehicles 3-6 4 years
SP30 The SP30 conviction is given for exceeding a statutory speed limit on a public road 3-6 4 years
SP40 SP40 is given for exceeding a passenger vehicle speed limit 3-6 4 years
SP50 SP50 convictions are given for exceeding the speed limit on a motorway 3-6 4 years

 

Miscellaneous driving endorsement codes

DVLA code Offence Points on licence How long the points will stay on your licence
MS10 MS10 is given for leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 3 4 years
MS20 MS20 is given for unlawful pillion riding 3 4 years
MS30 The MS30 conviction is given for play street offences 2 4 years
MS50 MS50 covers drivers caught motor racing on the highway 3-11 4 years
MS60 MS60 is given for offences not covered by other codes, including offences relating to a breach of requirements as to the control of a vehicle 3 4 years
MS70 The MS70 conviction code covers those driving with uncorrected defective eyesight 3 4 years
MS80 MS80 is given for refusal to submit an eyesight test 3 4 years
MS90 The MS90 conviction is given for failure to provide information as to the identity of a driver, etc 6 4 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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