Practical information & advice
Endorsements for road traffic offences take 5 years to become spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) (2.5 years if you’re under 18 at the time).
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Here you’ll find links to various parts of this site where we have information and useful resources relating to motoring offences
It’s important to know that motoring convictions often result in an endorsement on your licence. The changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in 2014 did not affect motoring endorsements, which still take five years to become spent. For more information:
Yes. If you give your consent, they can access your licence through the DVLA’s Shared Driving Licence Service. For more information:
It’s unlikely. Technically, a FPN for speeding is an offence under Schedule 2 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 and, in line with section 58 of that Act, the endorsement will be treated as having been given in court and is subject to the 5 year rehabilitation period. However, FPN’s are rarely recorded on the Police National Computer as part of ‘convictions and cautions’, which is what is used to determine what is disclosed on a basic check. For more information:
Not necessarily. The length of time that motoring offences stay on your licence is governed by road traffic legislation which is entirely separate to the time it takes for it to be spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. For more information:
Mainstream insurers will ask about motoring convictions for motor insurance. That means that until your conviction becomes spent, you may need to use the services of an insurance broker. For more information:
If it’s unspent then it might do. Some household insurers ask about all convictions, including motoring offences. For more information:
Here you’ll find some of the common advice we give on motoring offences. This is based on what we’ve learnt as a charity, as well as the real-life experiences of people with convictions.
- Be clear about when your conviction will become spent. If you receive an endorsement to your licence, you may find that your conviction will take longer to become spent than you might think.
- Our list of brokers are generally able to help people with motoring convictions to get motor insurance.
Frequently asked questions
Here you’ll find some questions that we regularly get about motoring offences and the answers we generally provide. More detailed FAQ’s are included in the information pages above.
Here you’ll find links to useful organisations and websites related to motoring offences that we refer to in our information and advice. Contact details can be found here.
- DVLA – The government agency responsible for maintaining a database of drivers in Great Britain and a database of vehicles in the UK.
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