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DVLA Driving Offence Codes UK

DVLA driving offences penalty point scale ranges from one (1) to eleven (11). This section explains driver licence endorsement and penalty point codes.

DRIVING ENDORSEMENT CODES: The motoring offence codes show on your licence record from 4 to 11 years, for the worst offenders.

The most serious driver offences receive a higher points tally.

In fact, some penalties involve a periodic disqualification and being banned from driving.

What do UK motoring conviction codes mean?

Drivers convicted of an infringement concerned with driving or operating a vehicle are most likely to have their driving licence endorsed by order of the courts.

Driving Licence Points Codes

Driving licence endorsement codes may also accompany a number of penalty points. The points could stay on your licence for up to 12 years.

UK courts may also issue driving ban codes to any driver for a period of time. This happens most if the driving endorsement codes and DVLA penalty codes total is 12 points or higher. You may find different driving DVLA endorsement codes systems operating in Northern Ireland.

Each traffic offence table shows the United Kingdom driving offences codes that can go on your driving record. The guide also shows how many penalty points you may receive for each road traffic offence codes violation.

Depending on the seriousness and circumstances, DVLA driving offence codes and penalty point endorsement codes show on your driving record. As a general rule, the length of time they stay on your record ranges between 4 and 11 years.

Accident Offences and Driving Licence Offence Codes

These accident driving offences codes must stay on a driving licence for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Driving Offence Penalty Points
AC10 Failing to stop after an accident 5 to 10
AC20 Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours 5 to 10
AC30 Undefined accident offences 4 to 9

Disqualified Driver

These disqualified driver codes must stay on a driving licence for four (4) years after the date of the offence or motoring conviction.

Penalty Point Codes DVLA Driving Offence Codes UK Penalty Points
BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of court 6
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court 6
BA40 Causing death by driving while disqualified 3 to 11
BA60 Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified 3 to 11

Careless Driving

Careless driving offence codes CD10 to CD30 must stay on a driving licence for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes UK Driving Offence Codes Penalty Points
CD10 Driving without due care and attention code 3 to 9
CD20 Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users 3 to 9
CD30 Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users 3 to 9

DVLA driving offences codes CD40 to CD70 must stay on a driving licence for eleven (11) years from the date of the conviction.

Penalty Point Codes Motoring Offence Codes Penalty Points
CD40 Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink 3 to 11
CD50 Causing death by careless driving when unfit through dugs 3 to 11
CD60 Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit 3 to 11
CD70 Causing death through careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis 3 to 11

DVLA driving codes CD80 and CD90 must stay on a driving licence for four (4) years from the date of the motoring conviction.

Penalty Point Codes UK Driving Offence Codes Penalty Points
CD80 Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate driving 3 to 11
CD90 Causing death by driving; unlicenced, disqualified, or uninsured drivers 3 to 11

Construction and Use Offences

These construction and use codes must stay on a driving licence for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Motoring Offence Codes Penalty Points
CU10 Using a vehicle with defective brakes 3
CU20 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition 3
CU30 Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s) 3
CU40 Using a vehicle with defective steering 3
CU50 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers 3
CU80 Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, such as using a mobile telephone etc. 3 to 6

Reckless or Dangerous Driving Code

DVLA dangerous driving offence codes must stay on a driving licence for four (4) years after the date of the motoring conviction.

Penalty Point Codes UK Driving Offences Penalty Points
DD10 Causing serious injury by dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD40 Dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD60 Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle 3 to 11
DD80 Causing death by dangerous driving 3 to 11
DD90 Furious driving 3 to 9

Drink Driving Offence Code

UK drink driving codes DR10 to DR61 must stay on a driving record for eleven (11) years from the date of the conviction.

Penalty Point Codes DVLA Driving Offence Penalty Points
DR10 Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit 3 to 11
DR20 Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink 3 to 11
DR30 Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis 3 to 11
DR31 Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity 3 to 11
DR61 Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 10

DVLA driving codes DR40 to DR70 must stay on a driving record for four (4) years from the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes DVLA Driving Offences Penalty Points
DR40 In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit 10
DR50 In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink 10
DR60 Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 10
DR70 Failing to provide specimen for breath test 4

Drugs

The driving drugs law is strict in the United Kingdom. These drug offence codes must stay on a driving record for eleven (11) years from the date of the conviction.

Penalty Point Codes Motoring Offence Codes Penalty Points
DG10 Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit 3 to 11
DG60 Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit 3 to 11
DR80 Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs 3 to 11

These drugs codes must stay on a driving record for four (4) years from the date of the offence or 4 years from date of conviction where a disqualification is imposed.

Penalty Point Codes Motoring Offence Codes Penalty Points
DG40 In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit 10
DR90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs 10

IN10 Driving Offence (Insurance Offences)

Insurance offence code IN10 driving offence must stay on a driving record for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Driving Insurance Offence Penalty Points
IN10 Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks (e.g. driving without insurance) 6 to 8

Licence Offences

These licence offence codes must stay on a driving licence for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Licence Offences Penalty Points
LC20 Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence 3 to 6
LC30 Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence 3 to 6
LC40 Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability 3 to 6
LC50 Driving after a licence has been revoked or refused on medical grounds 3 to 6

Miscellaneous Offences

These DVLA driving codes must stay on a driving record for four (4) years from the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Miscellaneous Offences Penalty Points
MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 3
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding 3
MS30 Play street offences 2
MS50 Motor racing on the highway 3 to 11
MS60 Offences not covered by other driving codes (including offences relating to breach of requirements as to control of vehicle) 3
MS70 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight 3
MS80 Refusing to submit to an eyesight test 3
MS90 Failure to give information as to identity of driver etc. 6

Motorway Driving Offences

Code MW10 must stay on a driving record for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Motorway Driving Offence Penalty Points
MW10 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits) 3

Pedestrian Crossings Offences

These offence codes must stay on a driving record for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Pedestrian Crossings Offences Penalty Points
PC10 Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations 3
PC20 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle 3
PC30 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle 3

Driving Conviction Code for Speeding

These speed limit offence codes must stay on a driving licence for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Speed Limit Offence Codes Penalty Points
SP10 Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 3 to 6
SP20 Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) 3 to 6
SP30 Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road 3 to 6
SP40 Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit 3 to 6
SP50 Exceeding speed limit on a motorway 3 to 6

Traffic Direction and Sign Offences

These accident or road traffic offence codes must stay on a driving licence for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Traffic Direction and Sign Offences Penalty Points
TS10 Failing to comply with traffic light signals 3
TS20 Failing to comply with double white lines 3
TS30 Failing to comply with 'stop' sign 3
TS40 Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden 3
TS50 Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding 'stop' signs, traffic lights or double white lines) 3
TS60 Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign 3
TS70 Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign 3

Special Code TT99

Code TT99 must stay on a driving record for four (4) years from the date of conviction. This special code shows disqualification under a 'totting-up' system. The driver can be disqualified if the total of penalty points reaches twelve (12) or more within three years.

Theft or Unauthorised Taking Offences

Code UT50 must stay on a driving record for four (4) years after the date of the offence.

Penalty Point Codes Theft or Unauthorised Taking Offences Penalty Points
UT50 Aggravated taking of a vehicle 3 to 11

Mutual Recognition Codes

'Mutual recognition' (MR) codes are added to your driving record if you are disqualified whilst driving in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. Your disqualification period will also be valid in Great Britain and will stay on your record for four (4) years from the date of conviction.

Penalty Point Codes Mutual Recognition Offences
MR09 Reckless or dangerous driving (whether or not resulting in death, injury or serious risk)
MR19 Wilful failure to carry out the obligation placed on driver after being involved in a road accident (hit or run)
MR29 Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance affecting or diminishing the mental and physical abilities of a driver
MR39 Driving a vehicle faster than the permitted speed
MR49 Driving a vehicle whilst disqualified
MR59 Other conduct constituting an offence for which a driving disqualification has been imposed by the State of Offence

Aiding, Abetting, Counselling or Procuring Offences

Driving penalty codes for these offences are similar to the original but with the number 0 on the code changed to 2. For example, code LC20 (driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence) becomes code LC22 on your driving record if you have helped someone to do this.

Causing or Permitting Offences

The penalty endorsement codes for these offences are similar to the original but with the number 0 on the code changed to 4. For example, LC20 (driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence) becomes LC24 on your licence if you have caused or permitted someone to do this.

Inciting Offences

The penalties for these offences are similar to the original but with the number 0 on the code changed to 6. For example, DD40 (dangerous driving) becomes DD46 on your driving record if you have incited someone to do this.

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