You've Passed Your Test!

  • Congratulations you can rip up those L plates!
    Once you have passed your driving test (theory and practical) you should exchange your test pass certificate for a new licence as soon as possible. If you do not claim your test pass within 2 years of the date of your test, the entitlement conveyed by the test pass will be lost and you will have to pass a further driving test (theory and practical) for that category of vehicle if you wish to have it included on your driving licence.
    If you hold a provisional driving licence you must complete the declaration on your test pass certificate and send it together with your photocard licence and paper counterpart to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BJ.

     If you hold a full driving licence and have passed an additional test you must complete the declaration on your test pass certificate and send it together with your photocard licence and paper counterpart to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BJ.

  • Resist the temptation to go mad. If you tot up six penalty points within two years of passing your practical test, you'll have to take both tests again. New Drivers that have had their driving licences revoked as a result of their own irresponsible driving behaviour.  

  • Your full licence will permit you to drive in the UK and almost anywhere in Europe. However, the minimum driving age in most EU countries is 18. So even if you have a full UK licence at 17, you need to be 18 or over to drive in these countries.
    We hope you will continue to drive and improve on the high standard you have reached.


Driving Alone

Daunting and exciting at the same time. A lot of newly qualified pupils take a member of their family or a friend with them on their first drive out to give them some moral support after all they've had their instructor beside them up until now.

Before you start out always make sure you have enough fuel for the journey.

Consider using P plates; they show other road users that you are new and they should give you more consideration and allow for those small errors.

Choose your first journey where you know the roads, maybe those roads where you've been previously with your instructor. You may decide to just drive!

If you get yourself lost don't panic; find somewhere suitable to pull in and look at your map (if you have one) or phone someone, remembering any landmarks. If you've stoppped near some shops or a service station go and ask them.

Try to let someone know when you are visiting the approx time of your arrival.

Safe Driving!

Retesting For New Drivers Who Offend

Since 1st June 1997, people passing their first driving test are on 'on probation' for two years. A total of six or more penalty points during that time will mean they have to go back to learner status, apply for a new provisional licence and take the test again.


Newly qualified drivers, especially young ones, are more at risk in the first year or so after passing the test, than at any other time in their motoring career and one in five will have an accident in the first year alone. The new law aims to reduce the number of road deaths and injuries by penalising new drivers who increase their risks by committing offences such as speeding.


Anyone passing their first driving test, no matter what class of vehicle it covers (usually car or motorcycle) for the first two years after the date of passing. Drivers who already have a full licence on one category and pass a test in another do not have their probationary period extended or revived, because the scheme is aimed at first time drivers.

Penalty points count if the offence was committed during the first two years after passing the driving test, even if the court sentence is not given until this period has expired.
Valid penalty points incurred prior to passing the first test are taken into account if the driver commits a penalty point offence during the probationary period. Points incurred after the probationary period has expired will also count if the offence was committed during the probationary period.


When the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is notified that a new driver has six or more penalty points they will write to him/her to say that the licence has been revoked. The driver then reverts to learner status and is treated like any other learner. He or she has to apply for a new provisional licence, display L-plates and is prohibited from driving on motorways. A learner car driver will need to be accompanied by a driver aged 21 or over who has held a full licence for at least three years. A learner motorcyclist will be restricted to smaller less powerful bikes.

To ignore a revocation and carry on driving without a valid driving licence is an offence with a maximum penalty of £1,000.


Passing a retest in a car or motorcycle may restore any LGV (lorry) or PCV (bus/coach) category previously held, but only if the traffic commissioner is satisfied that the person is ready to go back to driving these vehicles. The traffic commissioner can require another LGV or PCV test of he sees fit.


Licences are not revoked a second time if more points are obtained after a successful retest. However, the points already on the licence stay on from the date of the offence for which they were given. Passing the retest does not remove the penalty points from your licence, and if the total reaches 12, you are liable to be disqualified by a court.
Under Section 35 of The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 a driver who amasses 12 points within a 3 year period faces disqualification for a minimum of 6 months under the “Totting Up” provisions.

ENDORSEMENTS - how long on your licence?

Endorsements must remain on a licence for 11 years from date of conviction if the offence is :-

  • drinking/drugs and driving (shown on the licence as DR10, DR20, DR30 and DR80).
  • causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs (shown on the licence as CD40, CD50 and CD60).
  • causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis (shown on the licence as CD70). 

    OR 4 years from date of conviction if the offence is as listed below :- 

  • reckless/dangerous driving (shown on the licence as DD40, DD60 and DD80),
  • offences resulting in disqualification.
  • disqualified from holding a full licence until a driving test has been passed.

     4 years from the date of offence in all other cases. BM2D 03/16