Q650: I stole a car when I was 15 and received penalty points as part of my punishment. What effect will this have when I am old enough to start driving?
Depending on the offence, penalty points and disqualifications are valid for either 3 or 10 years but they remain on your licence for an additional year. The extra year is added so that if you commit another motoring offence that might have to go to court, the extra year allows any previous penalty points and disqualifications (that were valid at the time of the offence) to be taken into account by the court.
Therefore, the relevant periods are:
- 11 years from the date of conviction for offences relating to driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, or causing death by careless driving and failing to provide a specimen to be tested.
- 4 years from the date of conviction for dangerous driving and offences resulting in disqualification.
- 4 years from the date of the offence in all other cases.
Therefore, should you apply for a licence at the age of 17, any points you received as a 15 year old will be shown on you licence. Then, if you acquire further points on your licence so that the number reaches 6 or more within 2 years of passing your test your licence will be revoked (see Q713) and if it numbers 12 with a 3 year period, you will be disqualified (see Q654).