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About penalty points if you are a new driver. 21/05/13


If you have recently passed your driving test it is important to remember the special conditions that apply to you regarding penalty points.

The key thing to know is that if you have gained 6 or more penalty points within 2 years of passing your test, you will automatically lose your licence.

If you lose your licence you will also have to retake both the theory and practical parts of your driving test.

If after passing your re-test you get 12 penalty points within the next 3 years, you will typically lose your driving licence again for at least 6 months.


Can you get penalty points on a provisional licence?


Even if you are driving on a provisional licence, you can still get penalty points.

If you pass your test and incur a further 3 points (taking you up to 6) within 3 years, then you will lose your licence.

Should you get to 6 penalty points whilst still on a provisional licence you won't lose it, however you will if you get any further points in the 2 years following your test.

The rules apply to all new drivers who have passed their first driving test in:

  • Great Britain

  • Northern Ireland

  • Isle of Man

  • Channel Islands

  • Gibraltar

  • The European Community (EC) and European Economic Area (EEA)


The EC/EEA countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

These rules are also applicable if you change a foreign driving licence for a British licence and then pass the driving test in Great Britain.

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